U.S. House candidates Kelly Armstrong and Mac Schneider will square off in the first candidate debate of the 2018 campaign on May 5.

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Republican-endorsed Armstrong and Dem-NPL-endorsed Schneider will debate at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Bismarck Radisson Hotel during the annual convention of the North Dakota Newspaper Association.

The debate was scheduled primarily for the benefit of newspaper staffers from across the state, but it will be open to the public until available seating is filled.

“NDNA has a long history of hosting political debates as a way of informing our members and the voting public about candidates,” Harvey Brock, publisher of the Dickinson Press and president of NDNA, said in a statement.

Brock will moderate the debate, and a panel of three newspaper journalists will ask questions of the candidates.

Armstrong won the Republican nomination on the first ballot at the state GOP convention in early April, defeating five other candidates.

Schneider emerged as the top of three candidates seeking the nomination in late March at the Dem-NPL state convention.

Debate panelists will be Steve Wagner, director of content for Forum Communications in Fargo; Cecile Wehrman, president of Journal Publishing of Crosby and Tioga; and Brayden Zenker, a student journalist at Legacy High School in Bismarck.