Big-name and local Democrats to speak to Colorado College supporters Saturday night

Author: Joey Bunch - August 30, 2017 - Updated: August 29, 2017

Colorado College(File photo courtesy of Colorado College)

Colorado College Democrats are offering an early opportunity for the party’s candidates in next year’s elections to speak to younger voters, older ones, too, Saturday night in Colorado Springs.

A long list of candidates for state and local offices are expected to take questions from students and the public from 5:30 to 10 p.m. in Armstrong Hall, which is located at 14 East Cache La Poudre St.

“We are excited to welcome CC students and Colorado Springs community members to discuss important issues that will shape the future of Colorado with state and local political candidates,” Sophia Brown, who is co-chairing the event with fellow Colorado College student Steven Ortega, told Colorado Politics.

“This event is an amazing opportunity for our community to come together through thoughtful and educational political discourse.”

The students have prepared questions that cover such topics as public lands, gas extraction, the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, education, affordable housing, rural economic development and renewable energy,  Brown said.

The Colorado College Democrats’ leadership team includes Kadin Mangalik, Nikki Mills, Shane Brown, Gabe Fine, Alan Pnakovitch and Clara Houghteling.

The candidates who had confirmed they would attend or send a surrogate as of Tuesday were:

For governor:

  • Noel Ginsburg
  • Mike Johnston (by proxy)
  • Cary Kennedy
  • Jared Polis (by proxy)

For attorney general:

  • Brad Levin
  • Michael Doughterty
  • Joe Salazar (by proxy)
  • Phil Weiser

For secretary of state:

  • Jena Griswold
  • Gabriel McArthur

For state treasurer:

  • Steve Lebsock

For Congressional District 5:

  • Betty Field
  • Stephany Rose Spaulding

For House District 17: Tony Exum
For House District 18: Graham Anderson, Terry Martinez
For House District 21: Liz Rosenbaum

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.