Candidates in Idaho's hottest legislative race to meet Monday night at Boise's Centennial High School

Voters interested in the Idaho's most expensive legislative contest -- in West Boise's District 15 -- will finally get a chance to see the candidates engage in give-and-take thanks to the Centennial High School Political Action Club.

Republican Fred Martin and Democrat Betty Richardson are running to replace 18-year-veteran GOP Sen. John Andreason. The race is Idaho's most expensive, but the pair haven't met in a public forum to exchange ideas. Both appeared at the Labor Day picnic, speaking briefly, and had tables at a St. Mark's Church event.

Monday's forum will feature opening statements and questions from the audience. The moderator will be from the club. The event runs from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Centennial's Little Theater.

Democrat Steve Berch, who seeks the seat being vacated by Republican Rep. Max Black, also will appear. His opponent, GOP nominee Mark Patterson, declined an invitation, citing a previous commitment, said Christian Ogata, a club spokesman.

For more information, contact Ogata at 860-5458 or ogata.christian@gmail.com.

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