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Ark Valley Voice will sponsor an Election Issues Forum on Saturday, Oct. 13, featuring candidates running for both Colorado House of Representatives and Chaffee County elected office, focusing on their positions on issues shaping Chaffee County. The free, family-friendly public event will run from 4-6 p.m. at the Rotary Scout Hut, 210 E. Sackett Ave. in Salida.

Candidates from both political parties, as well as independent candidates, who have already indicated they plan to attend and speak at the forum include: House District 60 Rep. Jim Wilson, a Republican, and his challenger, Democrat Erin Kelley; candidates for Chaffee County Commissioner, Democrat Kimberly Parker and Republican Rusty Granzella; incumbent County Treasurer Dee Dee Copper, a Republican, and Democratic challenger Susan Shepherd.

Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder Lori Mitchell, who is running unopposed, plans to attend and will have voter information available.

The forum will focus on the concerns and ballot issues shaping the future of Colorado, Chaffee County and the quality of life in these areas. Topics to be discussed include creating workforce housing, preserving residents’ access to healthcare, economic growth, protecting forests and watersheds, rural transportation initiatives, and access to broadband. The public will have the opportunity to submit candidate questions.