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— An election forum tentatively set for midday on Oct. 26 will give Steamboat Springs and Routt County voters a chance to hear the candidates speak, and listen as activists give pro and con views on some of the many ballot questions that will be posed in the Nov. 7 election.
The forum will be hosted by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association from noon until 2 p.m. at Olympian Hall.
"We're hoping another entity will host an evening candidates forum on the same date," the chamber's Stephanie Rhoades said.
Environment 2000 is also sponsoring a pair of special meetings dealing with one statewide ballot question, and a second local question.
The nonprofit Environment 2000 will host a pro and con debate concerning the city's affordable housing excise tax. It will be held in Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill at 7 p.m. on Oct. 9.
Then, on Oct. 12, Environment 2000 is planning to host speakers form outside Steamboat Springs to conduct a debate as well as question and answer session on Amendment 24, the statewide citizens growth initiative.
That meeting will be followed by an ice cream social. For more information, call 879-1289.
In addition to the public forums, a limited number of people may be able to attend candidate presentations hosted by the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club during its Tuesday luncheon meetings in October.
Rotary President Jay Wexler said Rotary meetings are not open to the pubic, but people who know Rotarians are welcome to seek an invitation as a guest.
"I think as a group, Rotarians are very concerned about what's going on in the local community in particular," Wexler said. "We're always keen on getting political speakers and hearing both sides of the issues."
Rotary spokesman Scott Gordon said candidates for State Senate-District 8, Republican Jack Taylor and Democrat Paul Ohri, are scheduled to speak to the Rotary Club on Oct. 3. Candidates for State Representative-District 56, Democrat Jay Fetcher and Republican Al White, are on the calendar Oct. 10.
On Oct. 17, a proposed city excise tax on new construction will be debated and Bill Hill will speak in favor of a "de-Brucing" question that would allow Colorado Mountain College to keep surplus revenues.
Candidates for Routt County Commissioner Republican John Shaw and Democrat Doug Monger will speak to Rotary on Oct. 31.

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