Candidates, issues and answers at forum tonight in Glenwood Springs

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Candidates for local and state offices will be on the hot seat tonight for the 24th annual Issues and Answers Night, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Glenwood Springs City Hall.

Expected to attend are the candidates for three Garfield County offices up for election Nov. 2:

• Commissioner District 1 – incumbent Democrat Tresi Houpt and Republican Tom Jankovsky;

• Assessor – incumbent Democrat John Gorman and Republican Jim Yellico; and,

• Sheriff – incumbent Republican Lou Vallario and Democrat Thomas Dalessandri.

The three candidates for Colorado House District 61, which includes Aspen, are also scheduled to participate. They include the incumbent, Kathleen Curry, an independent from Gunnison; Republican Luke Korkowski of Crested Butte; and Democrat Roger Wilson of Glenwood Springs.

The Republican candidate for governor, Dan Maes, is also scheduled to provide a statement.

Candidates will have an allotted amount of time for opening and closing statements, and a media panel will pose questions. Questions will also be accepted from the audience in writing, and determined by the panelists.

Ron Milhorn, news director of Colorado West Broadcasting/KMTS Radio, will moderate.

The event will also be broadcast live on Cable Channel 12, and will be rebroadcast several times before the election.

Voting in the fall election will begin in October after mail ballots are sent to registered voters who have requested them. Voting will also take place at polling places in Garfield County on Election Day.

The forum is co-sponsored by the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Cable Channel 12, Colorado West Broadcasting (KMTS) and local State Farm Insurance agents Jeff Leonard and Dee McCown.

– Post Independent