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BOISE — Democratic candidate for state schools superintendent Terry Gilbert decried his Republican opponent, former state Board of Education President Debbie Critchfield, as a “policy wonk” during a live debate this week, and said he’s the only candidate with “the heart of a teacher.”

“I’m not a politician, I’m an educator,” Gilbert said during the “Idaho Debates” Monday evening on Idaho Public Television.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Debate

Candidates for Superintendent of Public Instruction Terry Gilbert (D), at left, and Debbie Critchfield (R) share a laugh at the close of a debate on Idaho Public Television on Monday.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Debate

Candidates for Superintendent of Public Instruction Terry Gilbert (D), at left, and Debbie Critchfield (R) face off in a debate on Idaho Public Television on Monday.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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