Election Forum set for Oct. 5 in Rifle | PostIndependent.com

Election Forum set for Oct. 5 in Rifle

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Candidates for several local and regional political offices will be in Rifle next week to answer questions and talk to voters about their opinions and views for why they are running for the respected office.

Candidates will attend the 2010 Election Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at the Rifle City Council Chambers in City Hall. The forum is presented by the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce and will be moderated by KMTS news director Ron Milhorn and Citizen Telegram reporter John Gardner. The forum starts at 6:30 p.m. and is expected to conclude by 9:30 p.m.

According to Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Annick Pruett, the Chamber neither supports nor opposes any candidate but uses the forum platform to promote an informed vote, to acquaint the voters with candidates and issues, and to encourage voter participation in the election.

“This may be the last forum before the ballots go out,” Pruett said. Mail-in ballots will be issued Oct. 12.

The last day to register to vote for the Nov. 2 General Election is Oct. 4. The last day to request a mail-in ballot be mailed to voters is Oct. 26, and the last day voters can pick up a mail-in ballot from the County Clerk’s office in Glenwood Springs or Rifle is Oct. 29.

All candidates will present an opening statement, field questions, and provide a closing statement to those in attendance. Candidates will also be able to field audience questions, if time allows, according to Pruett.

“I hope to open it up to the audience for questions,” Pruett said.

Questions can also be submitted by the public prior to the forum by e-mailing Pruett at annick@riflechamber.com. Submitted questions should include “questions for candidates” in the subject line. Those questions will be forwarded to the moderators. Candidates will not have access to the questions prior to the forum, Pruett said.

Rifle City Council chambers will likely fill up quickly, so Pruett encourages those wanting to watch the forum to arrive early. However, the forum will also be broadcast on Rifle Community Television Channel 10.

“I’m expecting a pretty decent turnout,” Pruett said. “I would say if you are not planning on asking a question, I would suggest watching it on Channel 10.”

Opposition to amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 tax-cutting measures will also be presented. However, the chamber has been unsuccessful in finding a proponent who would come discuss support for the measures.

“We have called the number on the website since July, and nothing,” Pruett said about contacting proponents of the ballot issues.

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