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League of Women Voters holds forum tonight

The League of Women Voters will host a candidate and issues forum this evening at the Extension Building.

The public is invited for coffee and conversation with candidates at 6 p.m. The program begins at 7.

Candidates for the contested School Board election from District 3, Greg Schick and Bill Hudson, will both speak. Candidates running for a second term from the other two uncontested positions, Joanne Irons and Ken Fox, will not speak.

Speakers both pro and con will speak to the two local bond issues: Joanne Irons (pro) Nan Rowe (con) on the school bond issue; on State Proposition 103, Jim Huffman will speak against the issue. .

The school bond issue would fund as much as $49 million for a consolidated campus providing a single location for all the district’s schools.

The county bond issue asks for a road-specific mill levy increase of 7 mills for a duration of four years with the associated de-Brucing figure to allow the county to collect the revenue that exceeds TABOR limits. State Proposition 103 asks for increases to state income tax, sales tax and use tax for a period of five years, the increase to be used as additional funding for public preschool through public postsecondary education.

The League of Women Voters Forum will begin with introductions. Questions addressed to candidates and issues will come from the moderator and the audience.

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 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.

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