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Candidate forum planned for Oct. 11 - 2017

Updated: Apr 30, 2021

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Broomfield voters will have a chance to hear directly from council and mayoral candidates at a forum hosted by Access Broomfield Chamber.

The candidate forum will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 11 in City Council Chamber at the George DiCiero City and County Building, 1 Descombes Drive.

Comments will be televised on Channel 8.

Residents can email questions to from now through Oct. 6. Questions will then be sorted and organized into topics.

“We know there will be some categories that rise to the top,” interim Chamber President Sam Taylor said. “Oil and gas obviously. Transportation and growth will probably bet here too.”

Taylor currently serves as a Ward 3 councilman and is term limited, which means he cannot run for the seat again. He will help decide which questions will be used that evening, along with Broomfield Enterprise Editor Carol Wood, who will moderate the forum.

Questions will be taken the evening of the forum. Residents in the audience, or watching from home, can tweet to @bfld_enterprise using the hashtag #2017forum.

Details still are getting worked out, but questions likely will be taken at the forum by people writing questions on a piece of paper.

Each candidate is expected to have a one-minute introduction, two minutes for closing remarks and one minute per question. All 14 candidates will not answer each question, but instead the will be asked random questions.

All candidates have been invited. It is unclear at this point how many will be able to attend.

The chamber has held candidate forums in the past, but did not do so two years ago when the last municipal election was held, Taylor said.

Taylor said he is trying to keep a certain distance to avoid any appearance of impropriety or undue influence, but will still be involved with the forum.

Broomfield City Council races are officially nonpartisan, but several candidates have publicly sided with a party or listed their affiliations on a campaign website.

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