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League to hold candidate forum

At the local level, the League of Women Voters has an important function; in contested elections, it offers voters the opportunity to meet and listen to the candidates respond to a set of important questions concerning community issues and then follow with their own questions. That event will take place this evening at the Fair Building at 6:30 p.m., when the public is invited to meet and talk with the candidates and attend a 7 p.m. forum.

This evening in this well-regulated event, voters will hear the Republican candidates who are running for contested offices. They are: Keren Prior (incumbent) and Natalie Woodruff for county assessor; Carl Macht (incumbent) and Richard Aldahl for county coroner.

Candidates not facing opposition at the primary level are welcome to attend, talk to voters and distribute literature, but will not speak during the forum.

The primary election is Aug. 10 and Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians will go to one of the three vote centers: the courthouse, the community center or the Restoration Fellowship Church. Voters registered as Unaffiliated can vote in the primary by changing their registration to Republican, Democrat or Libertarian at the vote center on the day of the Primary. Voters wishing to return to Unaffiliated status for the general election in November must initiate that change themselves.

In addition to local contests on Aug. 10, Democrats will decide between Andrew Romanoff and Michael Bennet for U.S. Senator. Republicans will make the following decisions: U.S. Senator — Ken Buck or Jane Norton; Representative 3rd District — Scott Tipton or Bob McConnell; governor — Dan Maes or Scott McInnis; state treasurer — J.J. Ament or Walker Stapleton; state Senate 6th District — Dean Boehler or Ellen Roberts. Libertarians will decide between Maclyn Stringer and John Finger for U.S. Senate, and Dan Sallis and James Brown for governor.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization that neither supports nor opposes any candidate or party. The League does take positions on issues based on in-depth study and provides voters with that analysis. As such, the League enjoys a reputation in the community for providing voters with reliable, balanced information. Founded in 1920, there are approximately 80,000 members within all 50 states and the Virgin Islands. In Colorado, alone, there are 1,500 members.

Local League membership is $15 and all citizens are encouraged to join and get involved. For more information on the LWV, visit our website at http://lwvac.org/league.html.

For more information on the forum, contact Mary Beth McAuley, marybeth.cmcauley@gmail.com or 264-2566. Membership information is available from Merilyn Moorhead at 731-2323.