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Democratic candidates for governor to participate in One Colorado debate

Author: Marianne Goodland - June 1, 2018 - Updated: June 1, 2018

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debateSupporters of the state’s agency for civil rights called on state budget writers to fund the agency in a Feb. 13 rally. (Photo courtesy of One Colorado via Facebook)

One Colorado, the state’s leading advocacy organization for LGBTQ Coloradans, will host a debate with the four candidates for governor from the Democratic Party on Thursday, June 7.

The debate, which will focus on LGBTQ issues, will be moderated by Colorado Politics’ own Joey Bunch and is to be held at the EXDO Event Center,  1399 35th St. in Denver. It starts at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

According to a statement by One Colorado, all four Democratic candidates will attend. Republican candidates were also invited but they are slated to appear at a KUSA-9News debate that same evening.

The four candidates are former state treasurer Cary Kennedy, former state Sen. Michael Johnston and Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne, all of Denver; and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis of Boulder.

One Colorado has not endorsed a candidate for governor and does not plan to endorse any primary candidate, said spokesman David Pourshoushtari.

“There is a lot at stake for LGBTQ Coloradans and their families in this election,” said One Colorado Executive Director Daniel Ramos in a statement to Colorado Politics. “At a time when we’re seeing this White House chip away at protections for LGBTQ people, it is more important than ever Colorado remains ahead of the curve.”

The forum, and One Colorado’s work heading up to Election Day, is intended to encourage LGBTQ Coloradans and their families to pay close attention to the election, and to get out the vote for pro-equality candidates, he explained.

“Our community’s victories and rights are at stake,” Ramos added. “That is why it’s so important for the LGBTQ community to be fully engaged” in the 2018 election.

Marianne Goodland

Marianne Goodland

Marianne Goodland is the chief legislative reporter for Colorado Politics. She's covered the Colorado General Assembly for 20 years, starting off in 1998 with the Silver & Gold Record, the editorially-independent newspaper at CU that was shuttered in 2009. She also writes for six rural newspapers in northeastern Colorado. Marianne specializes in rural issues, agriculture, water and, during election season, campaign finance. In her free time (ha!) she lives in Lakewood with her husband, Jeff; a cantankerous Shih-Tzu named Sophie; and Gunther the cat. She is also an award-winning professional harpist.