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September 26, 2012
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Listen, learn and ask questions about candidates, issues at Rifle forum

You are likely tired of all the negative TV ads and want this fall's election season to just end.

Hold on a minute. If you plan to vote, make sure you're an informed voter. One way to do that is to either attend or watch the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Election Forum, moderated by Citizen Telegram Editor Mike McKibbin and KMTS News Director Ron Milhorn, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in Rifle City Hall, 202 Railroad Ave.

The forum will air live on Rifle Community TV Channel 10 on cable, with several repeat presentations until Election Day, Nov. 6.

"Our hope is, by bringing the candidates to our citizens, they will have plenty of information to cast their votes," said Chamber Director Frank Ladd, "as well as giving them the forum to ask the questions they want answered. This an opportunity to meet the candidates and speak with them in person."

Among the candidates and issues invited are: U.S. Representative District 3, State Senate District 8, Colorado House of Representatives District 57, Garfield County Commissioners, 9th Judicial District District Attorney, Garfield Legacy Project sales tax and city of Rifle water treatment plant sales tax.

To date, confirmed candidates are: District attorney incumbent Martin Beeson, a Republican, and challenger Sherry Caloia, a Democrat; State Senate District 8 candidates Randy Baumgardner, a Republican, and Democrat Emily Tracy; House District 57 candidates Jo Ann Baxter, a Democrat, and Republican Bob Rankin; County Commissioner District 3 candidate Aleks Briedis, a Democrat, and Republican incumbent Mike Samson; and County Commissioner District 2 incumbent John Martin, a Republican, and Democratic challenger Sonja Linman.

Representatives of the Garfield Legacy Project open space sales tax, Proposition 1A on the ballot, and city of Rifle water treatment plant sales tax, will also answer questions.

Questions can be submitted in advance by email to, with the subject line "Election Forum Question." If you want your question answered by a particular candidate, please indicate which one.

Candidates will not be informed of the questions in advance, and the moderators will have full discretion to decide the questions they will pose. Time permitting, the live audience will be allowed to ask questions.

The last day to register to vote is Tuesday, Oct. 9. Mail-in ballots will be sent the week of Oct. 15. Deadline to request a ballot to be mailed is Oct. 30.

Voters can update voting information and make address changes online at, by mail, by email, or fax through Oct. 30.

After Oct. 30, address changes and requests for mail-in ballots must be made in person at the County Clerk's offices in Glenwood Springs or Rifle. Address changes may still be made in the clerk's offices on Monday, Nov. 5, and Election Day.

Early voting can be done from Oct. 22 through Nov. 2. The last day to pick a mail-in ballot in person is Friday, Nov. 2.

Early voting hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Garfield County Courthouse, 109 Eighth St., Suite 200, Glenwood Springs; and the Human Services Building, 195 W. 14th St., Rifle. Vote at your polling place on Election Day between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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The Post Independent Updated Sep 26, 2012 05:50PM Published Sep 26, 2012 05:49PM Copyright 2012 The Post Independent. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.