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College of Idaho to host candidate forum with District 9, 11 legislative candidates on May 15

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College of Idaho to host candidate forum with District 9, 11 legislative candidates on May 15

May 11, 2024 | 6:00 am ET
By Mia Maldonado
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College of Idaho to host candidate forum with District 9, 11 legislative candidates on May 15
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The College of Idaho campus is located in Caldwell. (Christina Lords/Idaho Capital Sun)

The College of Idaho is hosting a free candidate forum that is open to the public on May 15.

With one week before the primary election, the event will include two panel discussions with legislative candidates running for office in Districts 9 and 11. District 9 includes Payette, Washington counties and a part of Canyon County, and District 11 includes Caldwell and other parts of Canyon County. 

One congressional candidate, Kaylee Peterson, will also be a part of the panel discussions. Peterson is a Democrat running for U.S. House Idaho District 1, which is held by U.S. Rep. Russ Fulcher, R-Idaho.

College of Idaho's Langroise Center for the Performing and Fine Arts
Caldwell’s Gladys and William H. Langroise Center for the Performing and Fine Arts houses the College of Idaho’s music and art departments. The two-story, 54,000 square-foot facility includes a 188-seat music recital hall, a digital design lab, a studio theater, faculty offices and studios, and student practice rooms. (Christina Lords/Idaho Capital Sun)

Candidates will respond to questions about their positions on a variety of issues, including  public school facilities, abortion, library policies, Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee budgeting process, among other topics, according to a press release from the college. Mckay Cunningham, the college’s on-campus experiential learning director, will monitor the event. 

When: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 15
Where: College of Idaho’s Langroise Recital Hall in Caldwell

The first panel will include District 9 and 11 candidates including: 

  • Idaho Senate candidate Toni Ferro, D-Caldwell 
  • Idaho House candidate Anthony Porto, D-Caldwell
  • Idaho House candidate, Rep. Julie Yamamoto, R-Caldwell
  • Idaho House candidate John Shirts, R-Weiser

The second panel will include: 

  • Idaho Senate candidate Rachel Buck, D-New Plymouth
  • Idaho Senate candidate Brandon Shippy, R-New Plymouth
  • Idaho Senate candidate Scott Syme, R-Wilder
  • U.S. House Democratic candidate Kaylee Peterson 

Food and drinks will be provided after the event.