Candidates and issues will be addressed Wednesday during election forums sponsored by the Steamboat Pilot & Today and KRMR Radio.
The 2003 Election Forums will be from noon to 2 p.m. at Centennial Hall and from 7 to 9 p.m. at Olympian Hall. The forums are being held twice to give more people the opportunity to attend. KRMR plans to broadcast the forum while the Pilot & Today will videotape it for use on its Web site, www.steamboatpilot.com.
The forum will open with candidates for Steamboat Springs City Council, who will be given the opportunity to make opening statements and then will be asked four questions each. Candidates for the Steamboat Springs City Council are Susan Dellinger and incumbent Bud Romberg in District 1; Kathi Meyer, Ken Brenner and Marcus Williams in District 2; Paul Strong in District 3; and Steve Ivancie, at-large.
After the City Council forum, the city's proposed 3.55-mill property tax will be debated. Councilwoman Arianthe Stettner will speak in favor of the proposal while former City Council President Kevin Bennett will speak against. Each will give a three-minute presentation and then have two minutes to respond.
The Steamboat Springs School Board forum will follow the property tax debate. As in the City Council forum, the candidates will make opening statements and then respond to four questions. Candidates for the School Board are Brian Kelly and Jeff Troeger in District 2; Pat Gleason, Jerry Kozatch and Robin Crossan in District 4; and Mike Loomis in District 5. Mike Skov filed for the District 5 seat and is on the ballot, but has withdrawn from the race.
The School Board's stand on a Montessori charter school will be debated by a representative of the School Board and a representative from Steamboat Springs Montessori after the School Board forum.
A presentation on the county's proposed 0.3-mill heritage tax will close the forum.
The Pilot & Today and KRMR Radio accepted questions for the candidates in advance of the forum. Some of those questions will be used during the forums. Questions will not be accepted from the audience during the forums.