Local voters will have a chance to hear the platforms of political hopefuls and learn more about a loaded Nov. 7 general election ballot during a forum Monday.
Ten candidates and representatives from three local institutions have agreed to attend a candidate forum Monday sponsored by the Craig Daily Press and KRAI and 55 Country.
The candidate forum is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the west end of Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way. Daily Press Publisher Bryce Jacobson and radio station owner/general manager Frank Hanel will moderate the forum.
The format of the forum will include two-minute opening and closing statements. Questions posed by the moderators will be followed by one-minute answers.
While one local race is chock full of candidates -- the bid for Moffat County sheriff -- another, the race for the Moffat County commissioner District 3 seat, is anticlimactic.
Republican Tom Mathers sewed up the GOP nomination by winning the August primary. With no Democratic opponent, and no write-in candidates stepping up to fill the void, Mathers is unopposed in the general election.
Despite the clear path to office, Mathers has agreed to attend the candidate forum.
The race for sheriff features Republican Tim Jantz, Independent Vic Alton and unaffiliated candidate Don Kroese. All candidates have said they will attend the forum.
Also scheduled to attend the forum is District 3 House of Representatives candidate Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, who is running against incumbent John Salazar, D-Manassa. Salazar will not be at the forum.
Three candidates running for the District 57 seat in the Colorado House -- Andrew Gold, D-Tabernash, incumbent Al White, R-Winter Park, and Mike Klein, L-Oak Creek -- will attend the forum.
The final two candidates slated to attend are candidates for the University of Colorado regents, essentially the school board for CU.
Those candidates are Susan Hakanson, D-Glenwood Springs, who is campaigning to represent District 3 covering Craig, and Marcus McCarty, an unaffiliated candidate from Denver who is running for an at-large position.
Representatives from Colorado Northwestern Community College, the Craig Rural Fire Protection District, and the city of Craig also will be on hand Monday.
The college and the fire district are proposing mill levy initiatives in November, and the city is asking for voters to approve a change to the existing city charter.
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The 10 candidates who have agreed to attend a public forum Monday night:
Moffat County Sheriff:
Republican Tim Jantz
Independent Vic Alton
Unaffiliated Don Kroese
Moffat County Commissioner, District 3:
Republican Tom Mathers (unopposed)
U.S. House of Representatives:
Republican Scott Tipton (running against incumbent John Salazar)
Colorado state house, district 57:
Republican Al White (incumbent)
Democrat Andrew Gold
Libertarian Mike Klein
CU Board of Regents
Democrat Susan Hakanson (running for a District 3 seat)
Unaffiliated Marcus McCarty (running for an at-large position)
Representatives from Colorado Northwestern Community College, the Craig Rural Fire Protection District and the city of Craig will also be available to answer questions about proposals on the November ballot.
What: Craig Daily Press, KRAI candidate forum
When: 6 p.m. Monday
Where: Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way
The forum will be broadcast live on KRAI and 55 Country, and will be reported in the Oct. 24 edition of the Daily Press.