Candidates to get specific at forum

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Steamboat Springs City Council and School Board candidates will get to the heart of issues at the 2005 Election Forum on Wednesday at Centennial Hall.

There won't be time for broad answers or extra politics -- candidates will have just five minutes to establish their platforms and positions on pressing topics such as new fields for use by Triple Crown and class sizes.

What: 2005 Election Forum

When: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Centennial Hall

The forum will be broadcast live on KRMR 107.3 FM. It will be rebroadcast Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

"What we are trying to do with this format, besides squeeze everything into the time we have, is to get candidates to speak specifically and concisely to the positions they stand for," said Scott Stanford, editor of the Steamboat Pilot & Today, which is hosting the forum with KRMR Radio.

KRMR News Director Julia Arrotti and Pilot & Today City Editor Brent Boyer will moderate the forum.

Stanford anticipates all City Council and School Board candidates to attend.

City Council candidates are Steve Ivancie and incumbent Nancy Kramer for District 1; incumbent Loui Antonucci, Warren Harner and Charles McConnell for District 2; Richard "Dick" Curtis and Kevin Kaminski for District 3; and Townsend "Towny" Anderson, Stuart Lynn and Bud Romberg for the at-large seat.

For the School Board, John DeVincentis faces Michael Loomis in District 1, Tom Miller-Freutel is running uncontested for District 5, and Denise Connelly is running unchallenged for District 3.

Each candidate will give one-minute opening and closing responses and also will answer three questions including what action by the current council or board does the candidate think was a success or a mistake and why. They also will explain three things they hope to accomplish as a City Council or School Board member.

In addition, City Council candidates will be asked whether the city should help pay for new fields for use by Triple Crown.

School Board candidates will be asked what the district's policy should be on class size given the district's resources.

"I hope that this forum gives people a clear sense of the differences between the council and School Board candidates so that people can make informed choices," Stanford said.

Proponents of property tax increases for Horizons Specialized Services, expansion of Bud Werner Memorial Library and continuation of the Purchase of Development Rights program also will give presentations. Also, representatives of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority, which is seeking to de-Bruce, will speak.

The forum is open to the public; however, questions will not be taken from the audience.

The forum will be broadcast live on KRMR 107.3 FM and rebroadcast Saturday.

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