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League forums to tackle state, local races, issues

Attention all registered voters in Archuleta County, in State Representative District 59, and in State Senate District 6. On Nov. 2, you will be making decisions.

In order to make informed decisions, you need information. The League of Women Voters will sponsor two forums at which will be present all of the candidates for all of the contested office and pro and con arguments for all of the State and local amendments and propositions.

The first forum is on Wednesday, Oct. 13; the second on Tuesday, Oct. 19; both will be held at 6 p.m. at the Extension Building.

Invitations to the Oct. 13 forum have been accepted by Ellen Roberts and Bruce Whitehead, candidates for State Senator in our District 6, and Brian O’Donnell and J Paul Brown, candidates for State Representative in our District 59.

In addition, there will be presentations (pro and con) on state Amendments 60 and 61 and on Proposition 101.

Invitations to the Oct. 19 forum have been accepted by Natalie Woodruff and Fred Uehling, candidates for the Office of Assessor and Michael Whiting and Bob Hart, candidates for the Board of County Commissioners.

In addition, there will be presentations (pro and con) on local issues 1A and 1B.

The League of Women Voters Forum will begin with each candidate presenting an opening statement of three to five minutes in length. Following this, each candidate will be asked to respond to a few questions posed by the League. The floor will then open to questions direct from the audience in a town hall-style meeting.

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 1500 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 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.