BIG SKY – Sen. Jon Tester and Rep. Denny Rehberg are coming to Big Sky this June to take part in the first public debate for Montana’s U.S. Senate seat.

The debate will take place on Saturday, June 16 at Buck’s T-4 Lodge and is part of the Montana Newspaper Association’s 127th annual convention.

The race between incumbent Tester, a Democrat, and Rehberg, a Republican, is one of the most watched in the nation, as the balance of the Senate may lie in the outcome. Libertarian candidate Dan Cox will also take part in the debate.

Questions for the candidates will be posed by a panel of Montana journalists, and moderated by the Associated Press. Written questions from the audience will also be accepted.