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Mancos candidate forum scheduled for Friday

Five trustee candidates to answer questions

The five candidates running for Mancos trustee positions will answer questions from the public in a Friday forum moderated by the League of Women Voters.

Held at the Mancos Community Center on 130 Grand Ave., the forum will run from 7 to 9 p.m. and include questions submitted in writing from the audience. Each candidate will have two minutes for an introduction, and one minute to answer each question.

Members of the Montezuma County League of Women Voters will moderate the event.

In the municipal election, five people are running for four trustee positions on the town board.

They are: Steve Kennedy, 66, retired; Betsy Harrison, 76, retired; Brent McWhirter, 33, owner of the Moose and More ice cream shop in Cortez; Mayor Pro Tem Fred Brooks, 64, retired and running for his second term; and Trustee Cindy Simpson, 55, an occupational safety specialist for the Colorado Department of Transportation who is running for her second term.

According to a release from League of Women Voters outreach coordinator Connie Fox, audience members at the forum will have a chance to submit questions to the candidates in writing. Candidates will not be allowed to bring election materials into the room where the forum is being held, although such materials can be displayed on a table in the outside hallway.

“This event ... can inform the electorate of the candidates’ qualifications, commitment to service and their thoughts on various issues that relate to the welfare of the town and the responsibilities of the Mancos Town Board,” the release said.

The April 3 election will be held by mail-in ballot.

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