A limited number of tickets will be available to the general public when candidates for a North Dakota seat in the U.S. Senate square off in their first debate of the campaign on Oct. 18 in Bismarck.
Democrat incumbent Heidi Heitkamp and her Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, will debate at 7 p.m. at the Bismarck Public School’s Career and Technical Academy at Bismarck State College. The debate is sponsored by the North Dakota Newspaper Association.
Less than 200 tickets are available for the debate, and most of them will be used by the sponsors, guests and the campaigns. About 50 tickets will be available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no overflow seating.
Tickets will be distributed to the public outside the main doors of the building beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The debate will be moderated by Korrie Wetzel, publisher of the Grand Forks Herald. Three panelists will question the candidates. They are: Cecile Wehrman, publisher of The Journal in Crosby and The Tioga Tribune; Steve Wagner, director of content for Forum Communications Co.; and Owen Piehl, editor of the Mandan High School Courier.