First of two election forums held Wednesday at The Steamboat Grand |

First of two election forums held Wednesday at The Steamboat Grand

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What: Election forum with local candidates, discussion of referendums

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and October 15

Where: The Steamboat Grand, 2300 Mount Werner Circle

— Community members looking to learn more information about candidates running for the Steamboat Springs School Board or City Council can do so during a two-part election forum kicking off Wednesday.

The annual forum sponsored by the Steamboat Today, the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors and the Routt County Republican and Democrat parties has expanded to two nights for the first time this year.

The first forum is from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at The Steamboat Grand and will focus on the Steamboat School Board candidates and the school district’s bond issue and mill levy override ballot proposals, Referendums 3A and 3B.

The second forum will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. October 15 at The Steamboat Grand and will focus on the Steamboat Springs City Council races and the local broadband referendums.

Each of the forums begins with a candidate meet and greet from 5 to 5:45 p.m. where appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available.

“Due to the large number of contested races, we decided to hold two election forums this year, which is a first,” said Lisa Schlichtman, editor of the Steamboat Today. “There are many important issues facing our school district and our city, and we hope these forums provide a venue for voters to learn about the candidates and issues, and then use that information to make informed voting decisions.”

For the first time the forum will also be live streamed, so those unable to attend in person can watch live on the The forums also will be recorded and replayed nightly through November 3 on TV18.

Questions will not be entertained from audience members during the forums, but residents are encouraged to email potential questions to Schlichtman in advance at

In addition to the forums, the newspaper is also publishing its annual Election Guide on Oct. 13, which will include more information about the candidates and issues that will be decided by voters Nov. 3.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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