After an initial agreement to conduct a public forum on the first day of the Clay County Fair, Saturday, Sept. 8, both the King and Vilsack campaigns have agreed to the terms of a public debate before fairgoers at 5:30 p.m.
The Spencer Daily Reporter, Dickinson County News and radio media from KICD, CD 107.7 and KUOO/Y100, will question Rep. Steve King and challenger, former Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack, as they begin a series of debates ahead of the November election, which will decide representation for the new Fourth Congressional District. The event will be conducted in the Clay County Regional Events Center on the fairgrounds.
Vilsack's campaign echoed the enthusiasm regarding the opportunity for their candidate to be heard.
"We look forward to taking Christie's message of creating layers of economic opportunity to the Clay County Fair next Saturday," Vilsack spokesperson Sam Roecker said. "This is a tremendous opportunity for Iowans to learn more about the issues in this race and see where the candidates stand. Throughout this campaign, Christie has spoken about strengthening small towns and cities, and there's no better place to discuss this than the Clay County Fair."
The fair appearance will be the second scheduled debate for the two. WHO radio will host a debate on Thursday, Sept. 6.
At the Clay County Fair debate, audience members will be encouraged to write out questions that will be asked by debate moderator Randy Cauthron, Daily Reporter managing editor.
Confirmed media panel participants include Northwest Iowa Publishing Publisher Paula Buenger, Dickinson County News Managing Editor Russ Mitchell and KICD/CD107.7 News Director Ryan Long.
"This is a great opportunity for northwest Iowa voters to learn about these two candidates who are seeking support to serve as our representatives in Washington," Cauthron said. "It's exciting that we're able to bring this debate to the Clay County Fair this year. The media is fortunate to have a partner like Jeremy Parsons at the fair to make this happen."
Seating at the debate will be handled on a first come, first served basis. All fairgoers on the grounds during the hour-long event are welcome to attend.