U.S. House candidates Monica Tranel and John Lamb met for a debate-style campaign event at City Hall in Hamilton on Wednesday.
The Tranel campaign organized and set up the event, inviting moderator Kimberly Richardson of the MSU Ravalli County Agriculture Extension office to moderate, and supplying questions for the first portion. Ryan Zinke was invited but did not participate.
Tranel has challenged Zinke to debate in each county and two reservations in Montana for 18 debates total. The Zinke campaign has agreed to the three sanctioned debate events held by third parties, but has declined to participate in the events set up by the Tranel campaign.
Libertarian Lamb grew up in Indiana and now lives in the Bozeman area where he works in farming and construction. Democrat Tranel is a lawyer and former Olympic rower who grew up on a ranch in eastern Montana.
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The first question for the candidates focused on affordable housing and availability.
Lamb spoke about the importance of working toward solutions to the rising costs of housing, citing changes in the Bozeman area. Lamb said he supported local- and state-level action, but as a Libertarian he opposed