Re-1 school board, CMC candidates square off in first election forum Monday
Re-1 school board candidates tee up again Wednesday
Area voters will have the first of two chances this week to hear from candidates running for the Roaring Fork School District Re-1 board Monday night, and perhaps their one and only chance to hear from Colorado Mountain College board candidates.
The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, in conjunction with KMTS Radio and the Post Independent, present the annual Issues and Answers Forum from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Monday at Glenwood Springs City Hall, 101 W. Eighth St.
The forum invites representatives for local and statewide ballot measures to speak about the questions on this year’s ballot.
Ballot questions this year include the Garfield County Library District mill levy (6A), CMC District annexation of Salida area (7A), Glenwood Springs tobacco tax (2A) and two state ballot questions, Propositions CC and DD.
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The marquee event will be the candidate forum inviting those running for the Roaring Fork Schools Board of Education, and the CMC Board of Trustees.
Forum moderator will be KMTS News Director Ron Milhorn.
Confirmed candidates include, for CMC Trustee District 2:
- Marianne Virgili
- Mary Nelle Axelson
For CMC Trustee District 6:
- Bob Hartzell
- Christine Whittington
For the Roaring Fork Schools board District D:
- Amy Connerton
- Shane Larson
- Jasmin Ramirez
And, for school board Districts B and C, respectively, Natalie Torres and Maureen Stepp.
Two declared write-in candidates for those seats, Matt Cova (B) and Molly Peterson (C), are not expected to participate.
CMC District Ballot Question 7A — Matt Gianneschi, CMC chief operating officer
Garfield County Public LIbrary District Issue 6A — Marjorie Lear, Readers for Libraries
Proposition CC — State Rep. Dylan Roberts
Proposition DD — State Sen. Kerry Donovan
Wednesday forum for school board candidates
Then, coming Wednesday in advance of the regular Roaring Fork Re-1 school board meeting will be candidates forum hosted by the district and the local teachers union, the Roaring Fork Education Association.
It takes place from 5:30–7 p.m. at Bridges High School, 444 Weant Blvd., Carbondale.
Again, expected participants include the candidates in the three-way race for District D — Larson, Ramirez and Connerton — as well as Stepp and Torres.
The format will ask candidates to each take two minutes to answer a question about collaborative problem-solving. They will then take turns drawing a question that will address a variety of topics, including academic rigor, school culture and character, family engagement, investment in staff and postsecondary readiness.
District parents and staff members have also been asked to submit questions for consideration. The forum is being moderated by Cristal Logan.
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