Eight candidates are vying for two vacant seats on the University of Colorado Board of Regents, and only one attended the Craig Daily Press/KRAI forum Monday night.
Marcus McCarty is one of six candidates who are asking voters to elect them to one of two of the board's at-large seats.
The third-generation CU graduate and Colorado native is running as an independent candidate for the seat, he said, because he's passionate about the school.
"I'm not blind to the issues there," he said. "I know there are problems. The current administration hasn't done a good job. They've let things fall between the cracks."
McCarty said that the Board of Regents needs to have a better handle on how the school operates, specifically addressing teacher tenures.
"We need proactive leaders who can take on problems and find common-sense solutions," he said.
The nine-member CU Board of Regents sets policy and allocates funding for the Boulder university. Seven of its members are elected from specific districts and two are elected "at-large."
Moffat County lies in District 3, where Democrat Susan Hakan--son is pitted against Republican Tilman "Tillie" Bishop.
Neither attended Monday's forum.
Running against McCarty for the at-large seat are: Republican Stephen Ludwig; Republican Brian Davidson; Libertarian Daniel Ong; Douglas Campbell with the American Constitution Party; and Marcus McCarty, who is unaffiliated.