On Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 6 p.m. local and regional candidates running for office on this November’s ballot will take to the stage in a virtual Meet the Candidates event held by the Trinidad and Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce.

This being a virtual event, a live feed of the evening will be shared via YouTube and the Chamber’s Facebook, night of the event, as well as Comcast channel 71, which will be shown after the event. Following the event, a recorded video will be shared on The Chronicle-News’ webpage and YouTube channel.

Among candidates who have confirmed they would be attending include Carlos Lopez and Cleave Simpson for District 35, Richard Holtorf and Dean Ormiston for District 64, Ike McCorkle running for Congressional District Four, and Luis Lopez II and Felix Lopez for County Commissioners.

Information will also be shared regarding ballot measures and propositions. A panel of media will be present to ask questions and the public tuning in live on Facebook and YouTube are encouraged to submit questions via comments.

TLACC Director Nicia Crosson said she hoped people who had difficulties connecting would watch along with family or close, pod-related friends.

“I’m really encouraging people to get together and do socially distanced watch party with family and close friends,” said Crosson. “Of course keeping in mind current health department regulations.”

Monument Mayor Don Wilson, Chair of Las Animas County Republicans Ty Winter, Chair of Las Animas County Democrats Paula Ozzelo will be present to speak for and against certain ballot and proposition issues. Speaking on their own behalf as citizens, Jodi Amato and Phil Dorenkamp will also be in attendance to speak.

Crosson expressed that the chamber was an unaffiliated organization and did not personally endorse any party or ballot issue, they only hope to provide quality, accurate information so that the public can make better, educated decisions about issues before them on the upcoming ballot.

“My intention for this is to lay a foundation of accurate information and what I hope is that the public will engage and ask those questions and really examine what these people are saying and make educated decisions to vote,” said Crosson. “I think the public is coming to a point where they realize their votes really do matter and we want citizens who are active and involved in that process. Our mission is to get out that information so the public can make good decisions.”

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