Newspapers sponsor election forums
October 18, 2002
Are you sick of hearing and reading about the upcoming election? If you’re not and you’re what one might term a “political junkie,” then next week is the week for you.
Newspapers in the upper valley and the Pitkin County Democrats are sponsoring four election forums on various nights next week. So if you’re feeling uninformed, or just want to get in your barbs on a particular issue, then now is the time.
On Monday, Oct. 21, The Aspen Times and Aspen Daily News are co-sponsoring a forum in the Pitkin County Library conference room. At least three of the four candidates for county commission seats will be on hand, and a panel of opponents and proponents of the county tax question will be there as well. Both will first field questions from the papers and then the audience. The evening runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and will be taped by GrassRoots television.
Tuesday, Oct. 22, will offer another forum sponsored by both newspapers. A so-called “city night” will begin with debate over the trolley question, followed by the Entrance to Aspen. Panels of opponents and proponents will be on hand for each issue. This evening will also run from 6 to 9 p.m. in the library conference room and will be on GrassRoots television.
Thursday evening, Oct. 24, poses a bit of a dilemma for the political junkie, especially ones from Snowmass. Two forums will be held, both starting at 5:30 p.m.
The Snowmass Village Sun is planning a candidates and issues forum at 5:30 p.m. in the Town Council chambers at Town Hall. All four candidates for two seats on the board will be on hand, and there will be debate on the proposed marketing tax for Snowmass Village and the fire district tax.
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Refreshments will be served. The Council Chambers is located on the second floor of the Snowmass Center, above Taster’s restaurant.
Back in Aspen, the Pitkin County Democrats will be holding their own forum, at the Aspen Institute ? also at 5:30 p.m. Party chairwoman Camilla Auger said the Republican and Democratic candidates for State District 61 ? Gregg Rippy and Rick Davis ? will definitely be on hand. Other candidates may be scheduled as well as some issues debate.
It’s officially election season, so roll up your sleeves, prepare your toughest questions and get informed before Election Day, Nov. 5, rolls around.