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League of Women Voters to hold primary election candidate forum

The League of Women Voters will host a candidate’s forum on Thursday, July 22, at the Extension Building.

The public is invited to meet and talk with the candidates from 6 to 6:30 p.m.; the forum follows.

The candidates speaking are those running for contested local offices who, for the upcoming primary election, are all Republicans.

Bob Moomaw (incumbent) and Bob Hart are running for the Board of County Commissioners; Keren Prior (incumbent) and Natalie Woodruff are vying for the Republican spot in the election for county assessor; Carl Macht (incumbent) and Richard Aldahl are running for county coroner.

The League of Women Voters Forum will begin with introductions. Each candidate will be provided a set list of questions and will be expected to answer those questions during the forum. Following this, the floor will be open to questions direct from the audience in a town hall-style meeting.

The primary election is Aug. 10 and Democrats and Republicans will go to one of the three vote centers: the Archuleta County Courthouse, the Ross Aragon Community Center, or the Restoration Fellowship Church.

Voters registered as unaffiliated can change their registration to Republican or Democrat at the vote center on the day of the primary. Voters then wishing to return to unaffiliated status must initiate that change themselves.

The League of Women Voters was founded in 1920 to promote political responsibility through informed and active citizen participation in government. There are approximately 80,000 members of the League of Women Voters within all 50 states and the Virgin Islands. In Colorado, alone, there are 1,500 members. The League 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.

Local League membership is $15 and all citizens are encouraged to join and get involved. For more information on the LWV, visit the website at

For more information on the forum, contact Mary Beth McAuley, or 264-2566. Membership information is available through Merilyn Moorhead at 731-2323.