Delta County Colorado Republican and Democratic County Committees will jointly present the 2018 Delta County election candidate forum at Bill Heddles Recreation Center Tuesday, Oct. 2, featuring candidates from both parties. The public is encouraged to attend this free event.
In a totally bipartisan effort, this forum will bring together Delta County and state Legislature candidates from both parties to answer questions from the moderator regarding issues of interest to all citizens of Delta County, the Western Slope, and the state of Colorado.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the forum beginning promptly at 6:30. The moderator will be Eric Goold of KVNF Radio, Paonia. To give all candidates equal time, no questions will be allowed from the floor. Candidates will be available for questions from attending voters after the forum.
Democratic committee chairman David Jacobson stated, "I hope this political forum can be an example to the rest of the country of what can be accomplished when Democrats and Republicans put aside their bias and simply see each other as people."
Republican committee chairman Roger Bentley said, "Many hours of arduous mental linguistics brought the Delta County Democrat and Republican Central Committees to conclusions regarding this voter information forum. Over 50 questions from the public were compiled for the contested offices that will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. The intent of our work and this forum is to give interested voters an opportunity to learn about these candidates. We are excited about the format that we have assimilated, and we invite everyone to attend."
Candidates expected to attend the Oct. 2 forum include:
House District 54 -- Thea Chase, unaffiliated; Matt Soper, R.
House District 61 -- Mike Mason, R; Julie McCluskie, D.
Senate District 5 -- Olen Lund, R; Kerry Donovan, D.
Delta County commissioner, District 1 -- Dick Gilmore, D; Mike Lane, R.
Delta County clerk and recorder -- Stacy Lowe, D; Teri Stephenson, R.
County offices of treasurer, assessor, coroner and sheriff will also be filled in the November election, but each of those races is uncontested.
The hope is to wrap up questions and answers in about an hour and a half, leaving time for the candidates to discuss issues informally with interested voters.