Stapleton-Polis debate here Oct. 8

Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis will debate the issues in the race for governor on Oct. 8 here in Pueblo.

The debate will begin at 7 p.m. at the Occhiato Student Center at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Stapleton is the Republican candidate; Polis, a Boulder Democrat.

The debate is just one of several being sponsored by The Pueblo Chieftain, the 2020 Commission’s Governance Task Force, Pueblo Community College’s Center for New Media and CSU-Pueblo.

Chieftain Editor Steve Henson will moderate the events.

In the 3rd Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton and Diane Mitsch Bush will debate on Oct. 5, also at 7 p.m. at the university student center.

Tipton, the Republican, is running for a fifth term in the district that covers all of the Western Slope but also includes Pueblo County.

Mitsch Bush, the Democrat, is a former state lawmaker from Steamboat Springs.

On Oct. 11, the debates will shift to PCC’s Gorsich Center for the House District 47 forum between Brianna Buentello and Don Bendell. That will be at 6 p.m.

Buentello is the Democrat and a special-education teacher in Pueblo.

Bendell, the Republican, was a Special Forces officer in Vietnam and is now an author who lives in Florence.

That same night, at 7:15 p.m. Democrat Chris Wiseman and Repubican Zach Swearingen will face each other in the Pueblo County Commission race.


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