Ninth District Congressman Todd Young has agreed to two debates with his Democratic challenger Shelli Yoder, but Yoder’s campaign says the candidates should have at least three additional debates.
Young released a statement Wednesday saying he would agree to a debate in Johnston County hosted by Franklin College and another in Harrison County hosted by O’Bannon Publishing. Young’s campaign says he will participate in the debates before the November election but did not provide specific dates.
The Yoder campaign, which had previously challenged Young to a debate in all 13 counties that are included in the 9th District, says two debates are not enough.
“Adding a debate in Monroe County, one in Jackson County and one in Clark County or Floyd County, is the very least that both campaigns can do to make sure voters can participate in their democracy,” Yoder’s campaign manager Katie Carlson said in a press release.
Young’s campaign manager Trevor Foughty says the two locations were strategically selected to represent the majority of the district.
“We think these two events provide geographic balance between the northern and southern ends of the district, and between the current and new 9th district boundaries,” Young campaign manager Trevor Foughty said in a statement.
Foughty says the Young and Yoder camps have been negotiating on debate logistics for the past month.