The only West River debate between Republican U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem and Democratic challenger Matt Varilek will be Oct. 12 in Rapid City.
The event, hosted by the Rapid City Journal, will start at noon at the University Center, 4300 Cheyenne Blvd.
The Journal will broadcast the debate live online at rapidcityjournal.com and will host a live web chat.
"I commend both candidates for realizing how important it is for western South Dakota voters to have this opportunity," Journal publisher Shannon Brinker said. "This will give us the chance to hear where Noem and Varilek stand on the issues that are important to us. I urge our readers to attend the debate or to view it via live stream on our website."
It will be the second of four agreed-upon debates unless others are added. The two opponents met Aug. 22 at Dakotafest in a debate that centered on agricultural issues.
There were seven debates during Noem's successful challenge of incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin in 2010. But the only debate scheduled for West River was canceled when Noem said she had a conflict.
Varilek campaign manager David Benson said his candidate will not approach a West River debate any differently than in another part of the state.
"I think, certainly with this election cycle, the fact is this race is going to be a referendum on Noem's record in Washington," Benson said. "The issues that will come up deal with South Dakotans all across the state."
Noem campaign manager Tom Erickson said he is excited his candidate has the opportunity to bring her message to western South Dakota but it doesn't change the focus.
"At the end of the day, the core issues that matter are the same on both sides of the state," Erickson said. "That is going to be spending and, really, the direction this country is going."
The other two debates will be held Oct. 18 and Nov. 2.