U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet to hold town halls in Greeley, Sterling next week

Author: Ernest Luning - August 4, 2017 - Updated: August 4, 2017

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, a Colorado Democrat, answers a question at a town hall meeting on Friday, June 9, 2017, at the Summit County Community and Senior Center in Frisco. (Photo by Ernest Luning/Colorado Politics)U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, a Colorado Democrat, answers a question at a town hall meeting on Friday, June 9, 2017, at the Summit County Community and Senior Center in Frisco. (Photo by Ernest Luning/Colorado Politics)

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet has scheduled two hour-long town halls in Greeley and Sterling in Northeastern Colorado next week, his office announced. The Denver Democrat plans to answer questions chosen at random from the audience at the events.

The Greeley town hall is scheduled for 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the UNC University Center in the Panorama Room, 2101 10th Ave.

The Sterling town hall is scheduled for 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Hays Student Center at Northeastern Junior College in the Tennant Art Gallery, 100 College Ave.

Doors open at the town halls a half hour ahead of the scheduled start times. Space is limited, so the senator’s staff is urging those wanting to attend to arrive early. Staffers also suggest following proceedings at the town halls on Twitter and Facebook.

Bennet has held 13 town halls across the state this year. He also plans to participate in a town hall with U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, Gov. John Hickenlooper and U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton in Durango Friday afternoon after inspecting the site of the Gold King Mine spill with EPA Director Scott Pruitt. The public meeting is scheduled 2:15 to 3 p.m. at the La Plata County Administration Building in Durango.

Gardner has come under fire this year for only holding telephone town halls — his most recent one was Wednesday evening — but his staff says the method allows him to engage in a discussion with many thousands of constituents from throughout Colorado.

Elected to his second full term in November, Bennet sits on the Senate Finance Committee, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee.

Bennet held town halls in Hugo and La Junta on May 31 and held three of the gatherings — in Fort Collins, Boulder and Denver — on May 19. He held five town halls across the state over two days in March, visiting Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Alamosa, Durango, and Grand Junction. The town halls included discussion about Russian meddling in last fall’s election, health care, climate change, immigration and education.

“It’s incumbent on all of us to make sure we carry forward a set of perspectives and traditions in this country when it comes to our politics and our free press,” Bennet said in a statement after the series of March town halls. “That’s why these town halls are so important. We thrive when we work together to strengthen our republic, and throughout Colorado people see how much work we need to do to rebuild civility in politics. I will continue to work with anyone who is willing to set aside partisanship to solve our country’s problems.”

Watch archived Facebook Live video of the June 9 Frisco town hall here and the Edwards town hall here. The Coloradoan’s Facebook Live video stream of the Fort Collins town hall is available here. Video from The Boulder Daily Camera’s Facebook Live stream of the Boulder town hall can be viewed here. Two local TV stations streamed Bennet’s Denver town hall — watch the 9News Facebook Live video stream here or watch Fox 31 KDVR’s Facebook Live video stream here. Video of Bennet’s Colorado Springs town hall on March 16 is available here. Video of a March 17 Durango town hall is available here, and video of the Grand Junction town hall is available 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.