Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown have agreed to a town hall hosted by The Spokesman-Review and KHQ-TV, one of at least four debates planned so far between the two candidates this fall.
The Northwest Passages Community Forum will present a Pints and Politics event beginning at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Spokane Civic Theatre in downtown Spokane featuring the two nominees for Eastern Washington’s seat in Congress. The event will be free but will require a ticket, which will become available starting Aug. 20. Both campaigns will be provided tickets and they’ll also be available at Spokane7Tickets.com.
The forum will be broadcast on KHQ and will be moderated by journalists from the TV station and The Spokesman-Review.
McMorris Rodgers and Brown, who are locked in the tightest primary battle in the district in more than 14 years, have also agreed to debates hosted by Greater Spokane Inc., Spokane Rotary 21 and the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce. Brown has requested additional debates hosted by Spokane Falls Community College and the Spokane Coalition of Color.
McMorris Rodgers grew her lead slightly in the primary after ballots were counted Thursday. The congresswoman now leads Brown by 1,435 votes, up from about 500 on election night and 1,200 on Wednesday.
Editor’s note: This article was changed on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 to correct the name of Northwest Passages and to add information about when tickets to the community forum sponsored by The Spokesman-Review and KHQ will become available.