Forensics hosts election debate |

Forensics hosts election debate

Candidates to be at Steamboat Springs High School on Tuesday

Before the debate

To submit a question for Tuesday's candidates debate, e-mail Steamboat Springs High School forensics coach Marty Lamansky at mlamansky@sssd.k1.... Questions also can be submitted on index cards before the debate begins.

Candidate forums are common, but debates are rare, which is why Steamboat Springs High School forensics coaches Marty and Shauna Lamansky look forward to Tuesday night.

For the first time in Marty Lamansky’s 27 years teaching and coaching speech, his students will host and moderate a public debate.

“We figured it might be a good opportunity for the kids,” Marty Lamansky said. “We put it on the kids. They all said they definitely wanted to do it.”

The debate is from 6:45 to 9:15 p.m. Tuesday in the Steamboat Springs High School theater.

Sheriff candidates Garrett Wiggins and Gary Wall, Routt County Commissioner District 3 candidates Paul Strong and Diane Mitsch Busch, Routt County assessor candidates Richard Klumker, Mike Kerrigan and Nancy Terry, and House Representative District 57 candidates Andy Gold, Al White and Mike Kien are scheduled to attend.

The debate is open to the public, and attendees are encouraged to submit questions before the debate begins. The Lamanskys will edit and select the questions.

However, it will be high school students who moderate the debate. At forensics team practice Thursday, sophomores Josie Pacana and Sean Hill said they were excited for the chance to put their public speaking skills to use in an election year.

“We’ve received some questions, and the speech team has brainstormed some,” Marty Lamansky said. “We invite people to e-mail questions.”

Each debate will last 15 minutes per candidate.

The debates will begin with an introduction of candidates by a speech team member. Candidates will open with initial remarks before fielding questions. Candidates will end with a final summary.

The time allotment for each candidate will be the same, and the speech team members will be timing.

There is no cost to attend the debate.

– To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208 or e-mail

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