Club 20 schedules candidate debates

Candidates for state and federal offices in Western Colorado have been invited to debate as part of the Club 20 fall meeting in Grand Junction.

“Now, more than ever before, it is imperative to engage with our elected officials so we have a voice in shaping the landscape of the Western Slope, both literally and figuratively,” said Steve Reynolds, chairman of Club 20. “The issues we are facing as a region, a state and a nation have far-reaching implications, and it is vital that Western Slope leaders be strong advocates on behalf of the needs of Western Slope communities.”

A coalition of businesses, government entities and individuals, Club 20 advocates for a 22-county region of the Western Slope on the state and national levels. The debates held as part of the group’s annual fall meetings constitute an important part of the election season in Colorado.

The fall meeting and debates are scheduled for Sept. 7 and 8 at the Colorado Mesa University Center near 12th Street and Elm Avenue.

The agenda for Sept. 7 includes meetings of the Club 20 executive committee and board of directors, followed by a steak fry at the Cross Orchards Historic Site at 3073 F Road.

The meeting is scheduled to continue at 8 a.m. Sept. 8 with a series of debates between candidates in state house and senate races.

Patty Limerick — a history professor, faculty director and chairwoman of the board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado — is scheduled to deliver the keynote luncheon address at noon. U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) is set to present an update on federal legislation at 1:30 p.m.

Starting at 6 p.m., Club 20 will host presidential campaign presentations followed by debates between candidates in Colorado’s 2nd and 3rd Congressional Districts.