Great Falls- Candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives will have the opportunity to state their positions on rural and agriculture issues by virtual primary debate on May 2. Cowles Media Television Network and Northern News Radio Network will air the debates statewide beginning at 7 p.m. Jim Sargent will serve as moderator.

All candidates have been invited. Democratic party candidates Kathleen Williams and Tom Winter have confirmed. Republican candidates Corey Stapelton, Joe Dooling, Mark McGinley, John Evankovich and Debra Lamm have confirmed. The primary debate is sponsored by Montana Farmers Union, Northern Plains Resource Council, Montana Cattlemen Association and the United States Cattlemen Association.

“The role of Montana’s lone house representative is extremely important to Montana farmers and ranchers,” said Walter Schweitzer, President of Montana Farmers Union. “We need a representative who will fight for programs that farmers and ranchers rely on. This includes access to credit, crop insurance, rural and economic development, support for research and innovation for extension programs and more. We look forward to hearing the candidates’ positions on a variety of issues affecting all Montanans.”

The debate will air at 7 p.m. Saturday on the following broadcast stations:
  • SWX 5.3, Spectrum Channel 199 in Great Falls, Helena, Bozeman, Butte, Missoula and Kalispell. Spectrum SWX Channel 195 in Billings.
  • Northern News Network: KGHL AM790, 94.7FM, KINX, KLAN, KSEN,  KCGM, KMTA, KGHL and KGVM.
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Post Debate:
  • Montanafarmersunion.com
  • KULR 8 Billings  at 10 a.m. Sunday May 3
  • KFBB and KTMF at  4 p.m. Sunday