SD8 Debate

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Baumgardner, Tracy debate issues in Grand Junction

Short format provides little contrast on issues

On Saturday Randy Baumgardner, R-Cowdrey, and Emily Tracy, D-Breckenridge, engaged in their first public debate for the office of Colorado Senate District 8. The debate was hosted by Club 20 and took place at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. Among some of the topics were energy and the budget. But it was a short format, Tracy said, leaving little time to truly draw a distinct contrast between to two candidates about the issues. “I would have talked more about public schools and healthcare, and probably a few dozen others,” Tracy said. “I’m very much a supporter of public schools and it’s very concerning we’re struggling with funding at the local and state level. “I see quality public school education as being at the core of our form of government in this country. We need a well-educated populace to take part in this governing that we do.”

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