Election Central

Democratic congressional candidates to appear Thursday at CWI in Nampa

Former 2nd District Democratic Congressman Richard Stallings will be joined by the party’s other two major federal candidates at a College of Western Idaho forum from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Nampa.

U.S. Senate hopeful Nels Mitchell, a Boise lawyer, and 1st District candidate and seven-term state Rep. Shirley Ringo of Moscow are also committed to attend, said CWI Instructor Isaac Castellano.

The forum is in the Nampa campus academic building, 5500 E. Opportunity Dr., in the 2nd floor atrium.

Mitchell’s primary opponent, William Bryk, lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., and is a perennial candidate in multiple states. Mitchell will likely face freshman GOP Sen. Jim Risch. Bryk has never been to Idaho and is not expected to attend.

Ringo is opposed by Ryan Barone of Hayden, who is not expected to attend. Ringo will likely face two-term GOP Rep. Raul Labrador.

Stallings will face the winner of the GOP primary between challenger Bryan Smith and eight-term Rep. Mike Simpson, who won his first term in 1998 over Stallings.

For more information, contact Castellano at isaaccastellano@cwidaho.cc or 208-342-0251.

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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