Candidates debate at 6:30 tonight
Glenwood Springs voters anxious to get a look at local candidates will have that opportunity tonight at City Hall. Local and state candidates will be on hand at an issues and answers forum at 6:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, Oct. 17. The debate is sponsored by the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, the Post Independent, the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, cable television Channel 12, Colorado West Broadcasting (KMTS) and local State Farm Insurance agents.Local candidates who are expected to participate will include county commissioner candidates Trési Houpt (incumbent) and challenger Steve Reynolds; clerk and recorder candidates Jean Alberico and Marian Clayton; treasurer candidates Georgia Chamberlain (incumbent) and Gala Ivie; assessor candidates Shannon Hurst (incumbent) and John Gorman; and candidates for county surveyor Scott Aibner (incumbent) and David Nicholson.Also expected to be on hand are 3rd Congressional District candidate Scott Tipton. Incumbent Rep. John Salazar has not confirmed he will participate. District 57 Rep. Al White and his opponent, Andrew Gold, and District 61 Rep. Kathleen Curry, who is running unopposed, are also slated to attend.Supporters of local ballot measures 1A and 1B will present their positions at the forum. If approved by the voters, the measures would form a library district independent from the county and finance improvements to most of the library buildings.The forum is open to the public and will also be broadcast live on cable Channel 12, radio stations KMTS, KUUR and TV Aspen/Glenwood. KMTS radio personality Ron Milhorn will moderate.A medial panel will question the candidates. Written questions from the audience will also be accepted and reviewed before being submitted to the debate moderator. Glenwood Chamber staff and ambassadors will act as proctors for the debate.The debate will follow a format established by the League of Women Voters that has been used in presidential debates, where questions are alternated between candidates. They will be given an allotted time to answer as well as an allotted time for rebuttal.For more information on the forum, call the Glenwood Springs Chamber at 945-6598.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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