UCCS, local media outlets to host June 8 Republican U.S. Senate debate

UCCS, The Gazette and KKTV will host a June 8 debate between five candidates vying for the Republican nomination to face U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) in the November general election.

The 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. debate will beat Berger Hall. Don Ward, news anchor, KKTV 11 News, will serve as moderator.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and will be available on a first-come basis. A limited number of seats will be reserved for the candidates and their supporters.

Those interested in attending should arrive by 5:30 p.m. Free parking is available in lots 222 and 224. No large bags (purses or backpacks) or campaign signs will be allowed at the event. Those with signs will be directed to a public forum area on the ground level of the University Center. Because the event will be broadcast live, those who attend are asked to stay for the duration. No re-entry will be allowed.

Candidates will be questioned by representatives from the Gazette, KKTV, Joe Conrad, a member of the UCCS Student Government Association, and a community leader. Audience members will not be allowed to ask questions. The debate format allows candidates to ask each other questions.

“It is the University of Colorado Colorado Springs’ responsibility to help bring important information to the public,” Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak said. “While the university is non-partisan, we are pleased to contribute to these important civic conversations.”

The debate will air live on KKTV Channel 11. It will also be streamed and available for replay on www.kktv.com and www.gazette.com. KJCT Channel 8 in Grand Junction will air the debate from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 9.

The candidates who have confirmed they will participate in the debate are:

  • Robert Blaha, Colorado Springs
  • Ryan Frazier, Aurora
  • Darryl Glenn, Colorado Springs
  • Jack Graham, Fort Collins
  • Jon Keyser, Denver area

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