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From the Editor: Politics at the grassroots level

From the Editor

Regardless of your political affiliation or if you're completely fed up with politics in general, I invite you to attend our 2016 Election Forum Thursday night to experience politics at its most grassroots level.

The forum is sponsored by the Steamboat Pilot & Today, the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors, Routt County Republicans and the Routt County Democrats, and it will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at The Steamboat Grand.

We don't expect Hillary or the Donald to show up, but you will have the opportunity to hear from local and state candidates who will be answering questions about issues that are important to Routt County residents. Information about various ballot initiatives will also be presented, and a meet and greet at the start of the event will give you an opportunity to mingle with the candidates face to face.

I will be moderating the forum, and the questions I'll be posing to candidates and those representing the pro and con positions on ballot issues are ones that have been submitted by our readers.

For the second year in a row, we'll be live streaming the forum at SteamboatToday.com/election. The event will also be videotaped and posted online on the same election page where you can also access all our election stories, including the 2016 Voters Guide, which published Monday.

To enhance forum coverage this year, we're piloting a new platform Thursday night that will allow us to better engage with our readers in real time. We'll be providing live updates during the forum and incorporating readers comments and election content into that coverage.

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To join the conversation, share your thoughts via Twitter or Facebook using #theBoatVotes, #Election2016 and #SteamboatPilot. You will be able to access this new platform from the SteamboatToday.com home page.

This is a pilot project for us, and we believe the ScribbleLive tool has the potential to make our election coverage more timely, relevant and interesting. And it's an experiment we hope to replicate again on Election Night and for other big events in Steamboat Springs and Routt County.

So watch the final Presidential Debate tonight and then join me for our local Election Forum the next night. This event is part of our mission as your community newspaper to provide readers with as much information as they need to make informed voting decisions and to provide that information across multiple platforms to reach a diverse audience.

See you Thursday night at The Grand.

To reach Lisa Schlichtman, call 970-871-4221, email lschlichtman@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @LSchlichtman