The first debate of South Dakota’s Nov. 6 congressional and gubernatorial campaigns will be held Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Dakotafest in Mitchell.
The Governors Forum is set for 10 a.m. and the Congressional Forum is slated for 1 p.m. Both will be held at the Dakotafest Education Building on the Dakotafest grounds, 2300 E. Spruce St. in Mitchell. There is a $10 admission fee for Dakotafest; you can obtain advance tickets for $7 at Dakotafest.com
The Governors Forum will include Democratic candidate Billie Sutton, Libertarian candidate Kurt Evans and Terry LaFleur of the Constitution Party. Republican candidate Kristi Noem was invited but has not accepted. It is scheduled for 90 minutes, with agricultural topics emphasized.
Don Norton, CEO of South Dakota Ag and Rural Leadership, will serve as the moderator.
The Congressional Forum will include Democratic candidate Tim Bjorkman and the other three candidates, Republican Dusty Johnson, independent Ron Wieczorek and Libertarian George Hendrickson. It’s a 90-minute debate focusing on agricultural issues.
Zippy Duvall, a Georgia farmer and president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, will serve as moderator.
The Bjorkman campaign is inviting supporters to be there at noon to obtain seats and cheer for Tim. Free T-shirts will be provided. You also are asked to vote in the daily poll on the race conducted by the Farm Bureau. Go to the Hoop Building to vote; totals will be released on social media every day.
There is some construction in Mitchell, so the best route to the Dakotafest grounds is to get off Interstate 90 at Exit 330 on the west edge of town and make the three-mile drive over on 256th Street to 411th Avenue and then north to the Schlaffman Farm, where the event is held because there are width restrictions in place for the Burr Street construction project.
For more information, contact Tom Lawrence, communications director, Tim Bjorkman for Congress, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 605-789-1605