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Denise Juneau schedules debates in congressional race

This week, openly LGBTQ congressional candidate Denise Juneau announced at least three debates with her general election opponent between now and November. 
Juneau, Montana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, is running for the state’s lone congressional seat against Republican incumbent Rep. Ryan Zinke. 
“It’s time Congressman Zinke explain why he’s voted to cut public lands funding, voted to transfer management of our lands to politically-appointed boards, voted to slash funding for Pell grants, and voted to limit health care for Montana women,” Juneau said
The current debates include:
August 29: Fort Peck Reservation near Frazer moderated by the Glasgow Courier and Yellowstone Public Radio.
September 1: Montana State University-Billings Campus with panelists from The Billings Gazette and Yellowstone Public Radio.
October 5: Heritage Hall at Great Falls College MSU hosted by the Farmers Union and the Great Falls Tribune.
Both candidates are trying to schedule a debate on the Crow Nation. Local media outlets have also agreed to moderate and publicize this debate.
On the lack of debates in Bozeman and Missoula, Juneau noted, “Unfortunately, Congressman Zinke has declined invitations from the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and MontanaPBS, and I encourage him to reconsider. Voters in Bozeman and Missoula should also have access to these forums and an opportunity to participate in our political process, which is why I’m happy to participate with or without the Congressman.”
Yellowstone Public Radio plans to stream the September and October debates live.
If elected, Juneau will become the first openly LGBTQ member of Congress from Montana, the first Native American woman elected to Congress and the first woman to represent Montana in 73 years. 
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