Wednesday night: Green and Libertarian US Senate hopefuls battle at DU

Fresh off their second debate on a college town hall tour, Libertarian Lily Tang Williams and the Green Party’s Arn Menconi will debate Wednesday night in Denver.

Moderated by Colorado Independent journalist Corey Hutchins, the two third-party candidates will debate at the University of Denver at 7 p.m. in the Reiman Theatre in the Marjorie Reed Building, Room 113.

“Both financial support and media coverage can be elusive for third-party candidates to make their candidacy and views known to voters,” Williams said in a statement. That’s why the two “decided to join forces to make their alternative views better known to Colorado voters.”

Williams, a Chinese immigrant and real estate investor in Parker, won the Colorado Libertarian Party’s nomination in March and was allowed into the much-anticipated Club 20 debate in Grand Junction Sept. 10 because her party has more than 1 percent of registered voters statewide. The Green Party does not have enough registered voters for a candidate to make the cut.

The national Libertarian Party was founded in Colorado Springs in the early 1970s.

With a passionate delivery, Williams promotes individual freedom and free markets, wants to curb crony capitalism and end domestic spying. She says she’s not afraid to call out members of Congress as “communists” because, having lived under the rule of Chairman Mao, she knows what one looks like.

Perhaps her most interesting policy proposal? Suggesting politicians wear body cameras so the public knows what they’re up to. (“I am not joking,” she told The Independent about the idea.)

Arn Menconi, a former Eagle County Commissioner, left the Democratic Party and is running a progressive campaign aimed at ending wars, promoting universal health care, shuttering fossil fuel production and closing the inequality gap.

“We’re run by a global corporate mafia,” Menconi says of modern day America. “Everyone who I’m talking to believes that we’re run by an oligarchy.”

Williams and Menconi are just two on a crowded ballot this year featuring incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, Republican Darryl Glenn, the Unity Party’s Bill Hammons and a handful of unaffiliated candidates.

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