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THE State Debate from KOAA and The Gazette

Posted at 3:23 PM, Oct 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-15 13:26:03-04

COLORADO SPRINGS – KOAA News5, The Gazette, and El Pomar Foundation’s Forum for Civic Advancement bring you THE State Debate LIVE from the Garden Pavillion at Penrose House in Colorado Springs.

Tonight we’ll start with a debate between the Republican and Democratic candidates for State Treasurer, Attorney General and Secretary of State in our first event from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. which will be carried on KOAA’s News5 Now channel (over the air on channel 5.2 and all cable providers) and streamed live on and the News5 app.

Following a 30 minute break we’ll begin coverage of the Colorado Gubernatorial Debate between Republican Walker Stapleton and Democrat Jared Polis from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  This event will be broadcast live on KOAA-TV (over the air channel 5.1 and all cable providers) and streamed live on and the News5 app.

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.

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 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.