Packed house expected for gubernatorial debate |

Packed house expected for gubernatorial debate

RIFLE – The gubernatorial debate between Democrat Bill Ritter and Republican Bob Beauprez will begin at 7 p.m. at Rifle High School in Rifle tonight. The the debate will be focusing on energy issues.Aron Diaz, organizer and executive director of the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado, is expecting a full house.”We are confident that enough people are interested in the event to come out and watch,” Diaz said. “We are hoping for a full house.”The debate will take place in the high school’s auditorium, which seats about 300. Tickets for the auditorium were claimed early, and space has been filled since last Thursday, Diaz said. Additional seating will be available in the RHS gymnasium where the debate will be projected onto a large screen with audio from a live feed.The event is free and open to the public.”We have had a lot of interest and expect seating to go pretty quickly,” Diaz said. The debate will begin shortly after 7 p.m. Diaz encourages people to show up well before that in order to find a seat in the gymnasium before the debate begins. The debate is expected to finish by 9 p.m.The candidates are looking to replace Republican Gov. Bill Owens, who is leaving office because of term limits. He’s served since 1999.

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