The Gallatin County Democrats are hosting a U.S. House Candidate debate for the Democratic Candidates on February 24, 2018 at The Rialto (10 W.Main) in Bozeman.  All of the candidates--John Heenan, Kathleen Williams, Grant Kier, Jared Pettinato, and Lynda Moss—have committed to attending the debate. Retired Montana Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat is moderating the debate, and Cara Wilder from Broad Comedy will be the MC. After the debate, we will be having music provided by DJ AJ.

Doors will open at 6pm, with the Candidate debate beginning at 6:45 pm. It will be a traditional debate format—with both prepared questions and questions from the audience.  The debate is scheduled to last 60 minutes.  The candidates will not have access to questions prior to the debate.  Before and after the debate, the Democrat U.S., State & County Candidates in Gallatin County will be available for a meet and greet.

We are also setting aside an area specifically for the press to interview our candidates.  The Rialto is an ideal venue for this event and the needs of the press.  Please confirm whether your news organization will be able to cover this event.  If your news organization is interested in broadcasting this event on TV and/or radio, please contact us immediately so that we can assist in making arrangements with The Rialto.


  • Occurs Saturday, February 24th, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm


The Rialto

10 W Main
Bozeman, MT 59715