CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Let's debate. That's the message former Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett has for his only primary contender, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds.
Corbett, who's a Republican, is running for governor and wants to face the GOP incumbent. In a Wednesday news release, Corbett said Governor Reynolds' campaign team has "played it cute and ducked debate and forum requests."
The challenge is a series of eight debates prior to the June 5 primary.
Corbett said in his release he believes every Iowan in every media market in the state deserves to see the two go head to head on the issues.
Reynolds was appointed to take over for former Governor Terry Branstad. That's after he left to become the U.S. Ambassador to China.
Corbett has criticized Reynolds for being too much like her predecessor, saying the state needs something new.
"Governor Branstad was in office so long," said Corbett. "We don't elect governors very often. So this is an important election for the voters to hear from the candidates on where they stand on all the issues. What better way than a debate?"
As of Wednesday evening, Corbett's call hadn't been answered.
Requests for comment from Reynolds' campaign weren't immediately returned.
A debate could bring some much-needed attention to Corbett who, polls suggest, is largely unknown in parts of Iowa.
A recent Des Moines Register Poll, taken in late January, found:
-48% held Reynolds favorably compared to Corbett's 15%-32% said Reynolds was unfavorable compared to 18% for Corbett -20% were unsure about Reynolds compared to 68% for Corbett