Longmont City Council candidate forums set for next 2 weeks

Signs directing voters to voter services and mail-in ballot drop off locations are seen Oct. 31, 2013, at the Boulder County building in Longmont. (Matthew Jonas / Longmont Times-Call)

People wanting to compare and contrast the candidates seeking the Longmont mayor’s post and the three City Council seats up for election this fall can watch them at any of several public forums over the next two weeks.

The Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce will host debates Monday night featuring the candidates running for mayor, the Ward 2 City Council seat, and two at-large council seats.

That event will be at Silver Creek High School Auditorium, 4901 Nelson Road, Longmont, with the doors to open at 5 p.m. and the debates to start at 5:30 p.m. and conclude at 7 p.m.

The Longmont Chamber is sponsoring the Monday night debates in a partnership with Comcast, Commuting Solutions, the Latino Chamber of Commerce, the Silver Creek Leadership Academy and the Longmont Times-Call.

On Wednesday, the Longmont Area Democrats organization will host a candidates forum that’s to start at 6:30 p.m. in the Oskar Blues Warehouse Oak Room, 1800 Pike Road, Longmont.

Longmont mayoral and City Council contests are non-partisan, in that candidates do not formally run as representatives of political parties or as being unaffiliated in their voter registration with any political parties. Longmont Area Democrats have invited all the candidates to participate in the Wednesday forum.

Longmont Area Democrats spokeswoman Marisa Dirks said in an email that “as a club, Longmont Area Democrats does not publicly endorse candidates in a non-partisan race.”

Dirks added that…

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