Election forums will be held Oct. 15

The Steamboat Pilot & Today and KRMR will host two election forums on Oct. 15.

The 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.

"This is an important election with a number of seats and issues to be decided," Pilot & Today editor Scott Stanford said. "Together with KRMR, we believe we have developed a format that allows residents to get information on the candidates in a number of ways -- by attending the forum, by listening to KRMR, by reading the newspaper or by visiting our Web sites."

Scott Stanford and KRMR News Director Michelle Bales will moderate the forums. During the forums, Steamboat Springs City Council candidates and Steamboat Springs School Board candidates will have an opportunity to introduce themselves and answer questions. Also, proponents and opponents of the three issues on the ballot -- the city of Steamboat Springs property tax, the Montessori charter school and the Heritage Fund property tax increase -- will debate those issues.

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. Candidates for the Steamboat Springs 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 but recently announced plans to withdraw from the race.

Questions for the candidates will be prepared in advance and will not be accepted from the audience during the forums. However, residents can submit potential questions to the Pilot & Today at sstanford@steamboatpilot.com or to KRMR at krmrtalk@yahoo.com. Questions for the candidates will be chosen from those sent in by readers and listeners. The questions must be received by Oct. 8.

"Due to time constraints, we can't open the forum to the audience," Bales said. "That's why we decided to allow residents to submit their questions and use the best ones during the forum. We want this to be a community-driven forum."

The 2003 Election Forum is part of the coverage the Pilot & Today will devote to the Nov. 4 election. The newspaper's election coverage kicks off Sunday with a preview of two statewide issues on the ballot -- Referendum A and Amendment 33. Previews will follow each Sunday through the start of early voting Oct. 20. The schedule includes Steamboat Springs and Hayden school boards Oct. 5; Steamboat Springs City Council on Oct. 12; and the city property tax and heritage fund tax increase Oct. 19.

The Pilot & Today also will produce a Voter's Guide that will be distributed in advance of early voting.

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