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Mental Health Colorado sets March forum for Colorado’s gubernatorial candidates

Author: Ernest Luning - March 11, 2018 - Updated: March 11, 2018

billThe Colorado Capitol is pictured on a sunny day in this file photo. (Photo by Ernest Luning/Colorado Politics)

The nonpartisan Mental Health Colorado is conducting its inaugural forum for gubernatorial candidates on March 23, the nonprofit’s president and CEO, former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, announced this week.

“We’re inviting the contenders for Colorado’s top job to tell us how they would improve care for people with mental health and substance use disorders,” Romanoff said in the invitation, which also asks interested parties to submit questions for the candidates.

“We’re encouraging students to take the lead here: What would you ask our state’s next governor? Even if you’re not old enough to vote, you have a stake in this election,” Romanoff said. “Every Coloradan deserves high-quality, affordable care. Let’s vote for that!”

Six Democrats and at least 10 Republicans are running for the job held by term-limited Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat. The primary election is June 26.

The program is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 23 at PPA Event Center in Denver. Tickets are $50, including lunch, and must be purchased by March 21, the organization said. Sign up here.

Questions can be submitted via email here.

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. For nearly a decade, he was a senior political reporter and occasional editor at The Colorado Statesman before the 119-year-old publication merged with Colorado Politics in 2017.