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Lively debates for two lower-profile offices

Mack Sermon, left, Democratic challenger, debates incumbent GOP Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, right, on Thursday night in the
Mack Sermon, left, Democratic challenger, debates incumbent GOP Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, right, on Thursday night in the "Idaho Debates" in the Idaho state capitol (Lisa Sommer / Idaho Public Television)

Lively debates tonight for a couple of lower-profile statewide elected positions, Secretary of State and Lieutenant Governor. Here, in this Idaho Public TV photo, Mack Sermon, left, Democratic challenger, speaks; incumbent Secretary of State Ben Ysursa is at right. Sermon championed vote-by-mail, saying Idaho would save "millions," and called for election reforms. Ysursa said he's proud of his record, and objected - though only mildly - when Sermon said he thought his current job as a college debate coach was just as complicated as serving as secretary of state. Ysursa said he thought it was important to debate his challenger: "I truly believe that participation is the essence of democracy."

In the lieutenant governor's debate, Lt. Gov. Brad Little faced off with Democratic challenger Eldon Wallace, and there were some quick points of agreement. Both said they wouldn't veto bills the governor wanted signed when the governor is out of town - as then Lt. Gov. Butch Otter did in 1987 on raising Idaho's drinking age. Both also endorsed all three constitutional amendments regarding municipal debt that are on the November ballot.




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