Francis Thicke has accepted four more invitations to debate and challenges his opponent Bill Northey to do the same
FAIRFIELD, Iowa, Oct. 5, 2010 – Iowa Agriculture Secretary Candidate Francis Thicke (pronounced TICK-ee) will debate his opponent, one-term Republican Bill Northey, from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 7, on KCOG, KMGO and KEBB Radio, Centerville.
The debate, moderated by the stations’ news director, Kerry Cathcart, will be webcast at www.kmgo.com. KCOG is found at 1400 AM, KMGO at 987 FM and KEBB at 105.3 FM.
Thicke accepted Northey’s invitation to debate Sept. 11 at the Clay County Fair in Spencer, Northey’s home territory. The Thicke campaign reciprocated, inviting Northey to Thicke’s hometown of Fairfield to take questions in a multimedia debate sponsored by the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce, the Fairfield Ledger and KRUU Radio, all of Fairfield; and KTVO News and the Ottumwa Courier, both of Ottumwa.
Northey has not yet responded to the invitation, or to two other debate invitations, one from a Mason City radio station and another from the Drake Law Democrats and Drake Law Republicans at Drake University in Des Moines. Iowa Public Radio is negotiating a joint appearance of the two candidates on the news/talk program “The Exchange.”
Thicke said it’s important to take the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture campaign to locations throughout Iowa to engage in frank discussions about farm values and looming challenges facing agriculture. Thicke, a Democrat, is the only candidate for statewide office running a campaign on sustainability issues.