Unaffiliated and third party U.S. Senate candidates debate in Pueblo


Voters in Colorado will see a crowded ballot for U.S. Senate this year. Eight names will appear with candidates representing third parties, qualified political organizations, and those not affiliated with a party.

You might have heard of incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet or Republican Darryl Glenn. Maybe you’ve seen Libertarian Lily Tang Williams debate Green Party candidate Arn Menconi. And perhaps, if you read The Colorado Independent, you know about the Unity Party candidate Bill Hammons.

But there are even more.

Dan Chapin, Paul Fiorino, and Don Willoughby will also be on Colorado U.S. Senate ballots that go out to voters Oct. 17.

Tonight at 7 p.m. in the Occhiato Theater in the Gorsich Advanced Technology Center on the Pueblo Community College Campus, those three unaffiliated candidates will attend a town hall-style debate with Menconi and Hammons.

The forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Pueblo and will be moderated by Corey Hutchins of The Colorado Independent.

“Unfortunately, Lilly Tang Williams had an emergency come up and has had to cancel,” said Vicki Lam of the League in a statement. “Michael Bennet’s office called to say he had a conflict and could not attend.  We have not heard from Darryl Glenn.”

Click here for a map of the campus.

Photo by Cliff for Creative Commons on Flickr.

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