Candidates in Montana's State Auditor race debated for the first time this election season during an event hosted by the Seeley Lake Community Council on Thursday.
Democrat Jesse Laslovich and Republican Matt Rosendale challenged each other's ability to address rising healthcare costs, if elected as the state's top regulator of insurance and securities industries in Montana.
The debate also featured statewide candidates in the contests for Superintendent of Public Instruction and an open seat on the Public Service Commission.
Council Chair Klaus von Stutterheim moderated the debates. Candidates were each given a 3 minutes to introduce themselves, then community members asked questions.
State Auditor: Jesse Laslovich (D), Matt Rosendale (R)
Superintendent of Public Instruction: Elsie Arntzen (R), Melissa Romano (D)
Public Service Commission: Gail Gutsche (D), Bob Lake (R)
Missoula County Commissioner: Todd James Geery (R), Dave Strohmaier (D)
Montana Senate District 46: Sue Malek (D), Adam Pummill (R)
Montana House District 92: MIke Hopkins (R), Addrien Marx (D)