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Last updated: Wed. Oct. 10, 2012 - 10:18 am EDT

Stutzman to debate Boyd Oct. 19 at IPFW hall

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FORT WAYNE — Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, and Democratic challenger Kevin Boyd have agreed to debate on Oct. 19.

The debate will be from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Rhinehart Music Center at IPFW.

The sponsors are IPFW and its Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics and WFWA PBS 39, which will televise the debate live.

Jeanette Dillon, former news director at Northeast Indiana Public Radio, will be the moderator. She and IPFW political science faculty will provide the questions for the congressional candidates, Downs Center Director Andy Downs said Tuesday.

The event, which will be in the Rhinehart Recital Hall, is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6 p.m. No one will be admitted after 6:45.

During part of the debate, a candidate will be allowed to ask a follow-up question after the other candidate has answered a question from the moderator.

Last month, Boyd criticized Stutzman for declining two debate offers, one in Fort Wayne and another in Kendallville. At the time, Stutzman said he had scheduling conflicts.

“We had told (Boyd) we would do a debate,” Stutzman said this week. “He was trying to say we weren’t. … We wanted it to be done in the right way.”

Stutzman, a LaGrange County farmer and former state lawmaker, was elected to the House in 2010. Boyd is the minister of a Presbyterian church in Fort Wayne and an employee of Mutual Brotherhood Insurance.

Meanwhile, the political action committee of Indiana Farm Bureau has announced it endorsed Stutzman, a member of the House Agriculture Committee. Indiana Farm Bureau ELECT endorsed Republican candidates in six of Indiana’s nine congressional districts but made no endorsements in the 1st, 7th and 8th districts.

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