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THE State Debate on KOAA-TV this Saturday

Posted at 2:23 PM, Sep 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-15 13:28:59-04

COLORADO SPRINGS – With the 2018 Election upon us, it is time for voters to choose Colorado’s future leaders. KOAA News5 and The Gazette will take a lead role in the election by hosting this year’s Gubernatorial Debate and Statewide Candidate Forum, collectively referred to as THE State Debate.

THE State Debate features a Republican and Democrat candidate from the Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, and State Treasurer races and will be held Saturday, October 13, 2018 at The Garden Pavilion at Penrose House. KOAA News5 anchor Rob Quirk will act as moderator and he is joined by panelists Joey Bunch, The Gazette political reporter and Elizabeth Watts, KOAA News5 anchor.

“It is our privilege to provide Colorado voters with the information they need to make an informed choice in this year’s important election,” said KOAA5 President and General Manager, Evan Pappas. “THE State Debate is key part of KOAA News5’s political coverage plan and will be very helpful in clarifying the positions of the candidates.”

“Democracy works best when its conducted face to face, and here’s your chance,” said Editor, Vince Bzdek, from The Gazette. “This full day of debates is the only opportunity for voters in Colorado Springs to see and hear from all the candidates for major offices this November go head to head. And it’s the only opportunity to ask them your questions about taxes, renewal energy, the state of our schools, traffic jams on I-25, and keeping down the cost of healthcare.” is a website created for this event where the public can submit questions to the moderator and find general information about the debate. All reserved spots this event are taken as of Oct 11th.

The debate will be divided into two parts with the Statewide Candidate Forum from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and the Gubernatorial Debate from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Both events will be broadcast live on KOAA’s News5 Now channel – over the air on channel 5.2 and all cable providers and streamed live on

Governor Candidates
Walker Stapleton – Republican – State Treasurer
Jared Polis – Democrat – U.S. Representative

Attorney General Candidates
Phil Weiser – Democrat – former Deputy Assistant Attorney
George Brauchler – Republican – District Attorney

Secretary of State Candidates
Wayne Williams – Republican – incumbent
Jena Griswold – Democrat – Attorney

State Treasurer Candidates
Dave Young – Democrat – State Representative
Brian Watson – Republican – Businessman

Learn more about the candidates and issues on the ballot this November by visiting News5’s Election Watch page.

There you’ll find all of the ballot information for statewide races,El Paso County,Pueblo County,Fremont County, Custer County,Crowley County,Baca County,Bent County,Huerfano County,Prowers County andOtero County.

KOAA News5 also partnered with the Citizens Project to bring El Paso County and Colorado Springs a forum with local candidates and on the ballot initiatives. Candidate ForumIssues Forum

Local Clerk & Recorder offices will start mailing out ballots on Monday, October 15th. You have until October 29th to submit a voter registration application and still receive a ballot in the mail. If you miss that deadline, you can still submit an application at a Voter Service and Polling Center up to the day of the general election.

You may have already received the Ballot Information Booklet (Blue Book) which provides voters with the text, title, and a fair and impartial analysis of each initiated or referred constitutional amendment, law, or question on the ballot.