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As the campaign season reaches a new month, and with just 35 days to go before the Nov. 3 election, the first Candidate Forum of the season, featuring those seeking a role on the Chaffee Board of County Commissioners is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 1. It can be viewed live on Zoom and YouTube.

Election 2020 Candidate ForumThis virtual opportunity to meet the candidates running for Chaffee Dist. 1 and Dist. 2. is presented by the Truth Has a Voice Foundation (THAVF), together with the Ark Valley Voice news organization.

“We’re pleased to be able to coordinate a forum so the public can meet the candidates and learn their positions on the issues that affect our daily lives,’ said THAV Foundation President Cheryl Brown-Kovacic. “This represents one of our first projects as a foundation dedicated to our mission to support quality, objective, fact-based journalism and First Amendment educational programming in the Upper Arkansas Valley.”

The virtual forum will take place from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Salida City Council Chambers in the Touber Building. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, no live audience will be allowed. It will however, be broadcast via both Zoom and YouTube.

Participating in the virtual forum are:

  • Keith Baker — running for re-election to the Chaffee District 1 seat as the Democratic candidate.
  • Hannah Hannah —  running for the Chaffee District 1 seat as a Republican candidate.
  • Bonnie Davis — running for the Chaffee District 1 seat as a Libertarian.
  • Greg Felt — running unopposed for re-election to the Chaffee District 2 seat as an unaffiliated candidate.

Ark Valley Voice is pleased to be working with the Truth Has a Voice Foundation to offer this opportunity to the public to hear from the candidates,” says AVV Managing Editor Jan Wondra. “In this critical election year, meeting our candidates, and hearing directly from them about their goals and plans for serving this county will be important as we all get ready to cast our ballots.”

Questions from the public will be interspersed with questions from Ark Valley Voice during the 90-minute forum. Members of the public are invited to submit candidate questions ahead of time, sending them to In real-time, questions can also be submitted via the Zoom chat function.

Any questions which can’t be answered in the 90-minute forum timeframe will be given to the candidates, and Ark Valley Voice will publish their written responses.

The Oct. 1 Chaffee County Commissioner Candidate Forum will be available to the public on Zoom:

The forum will also be available on YouTube on the Salida City Council channel or on local cable Channel 191.

For those readers unable to Zoom in the night of the forum, Ark Valley Voice will make the recorded forum available to the public for later viewing.  The direct link to the session on YouTube will be made available at air time and listed in the Zoom chat.