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Breaking down THE State Debate

Posted at 5:40 AM, Oct 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-13 19:36:45-04

This weekend it’s THE State Debate. News 5 along with The Gazette will be hosting candidates for some of the major state races including Governor.

In addition to Governor, we’re going to hear from candidates for Attorney General, Secretary of State and Treasurer. With the exception of Secretary of State, all of these races are completely open where an incumbent candidate isn’t running.

KOAA News 5 Anchor Rob Quirk will serve as a moderator, in addition to panelists Joey Bunch of the Gazette and fellow KOAA News 5 Anchor Elizabeth Watts. They say this debate is unlike any in the past.

“I think this is going to be different maybe more contentious,” says News 5 Anchor Rob Quirk. “Although the other ones have been contentious as well, because the ballots go out next week this is going to be the last time Governor candidates in particular are going to be face to face and are going to be able to answer each other.”

This all starts tomorrow night at 5 P.M. The night will begin with debates for Attorney General, Secretary of State, and Treasurer with the Governor’s debate at 7 P.M.

Here are the two major Governor candidates.

First up is Democrat Jared Polis. He’s the 2nd District Congressman for Colorado. He’s held that seat for about ten years. He’ll be running alongside former state lawmaker Dianne Primavera and he received an endorsement from Former President Barack Obama.

The Republican candidate is Walker Stapleton. He’s the current State Treasurer. His running mate is Lang Sias a current state Lawmaker and Navy Veteran and this week he received an endorsement from President Donald Trump.

The event will be broadcast live on KOAA’s News 5 Now channel, over the air on channel 5.2 and all cable providers. Plus it will be streamed live on, and

The debate will take place tomorrow at the Garden Pavillion at Penrose House.

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 and Otero 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 Forum Issues 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.