Election forum tonight

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Moffat County voters are invited to a forum tonight that includes local and state candidates who will be on the Nov. 7 ballot.

Ten candidates and representatives from three local institutions have agreed to attend the forum, sponsored by the Craig Daily Press and KRAI and 55 Country.

The candidate forum is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. today at the west end of Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way. Daily Press Publisher Bryce Jacobson and radio station owner and 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.

"With an election of this importance," Jacobson said, "we feel it's very important for voters to have a firm grasp on who the candidates are, their beliefs and their platforms on issues that affect our community and our tax dollars."

For those unable to attend the forum, the event will be broadcast live on KRAI and 55 Country, and will be reported in the Tuesday edition of the Daily Press.

The 10 candidates who will attend the forum are:

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)

Also, 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.

For more information, call the Daily Press at 824-7031.

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