Meet Manitou candidates tonight


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If you're not a local politics geek, it can be tough to decide how to vote in a small town. Those elections sneak up on you and the candidates aren't usually big headline grabbers. 

Still, your vote could have a big impact on issues that affect your everyday life. In Manitou Springs, that probably includes parking, tourism, roads, marijuana, government spending, and environmental issues, among others. The easiest way to figure out how to fill out your ballot is to head to the Briarhurst tonight and meet the contenders. 

The Indy's sister paper, The Pikes Peak Bulletin is hosting a forum with all the candidates. The event begins at 6 p.m., and the forum starts promptly at 6:30 p.m. 

Read on the rest of the details:

Manitou Springs voters, candidates invited to 2015 Election Forum
Pikes Peak Bulletin newspaper presents free Oct. 19 discussion

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colorado – Oct. 12, 2015 – The Pikes Peak Bulletin, Manitou Springs’ weekly newspaper, will host a candidates forum leading up to the city’s mayoral and City Council races.

All candidates will be present. They are: Nicole Nicoletta and Coreen Toll for mayor; Paotie Dawson, Becky Elder, Donna Ford, Randy Hodges, Daniel Prem, Jay Rohrer, Gary Smith and David Walker for City Council. Hodges is unopposed, running for the Ward 1 seat, and the remaining candidates are running for three at-large seats.

The free forum will be the evening of Monday, Oct. 19, at the Briarhurst Manor Estate, 404 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. Social time, 6-6:30 p.m., includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The forum will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. and end approximately 8:30 p.m. Candidates and voters may remain until 10 p.m. for informal discussions.

The League of Women Voters and Citizens Project will assist with gathering and compiling voter questions, which will then be read to the candidates by moderator Ralph Routon. A sign-language interpreter will be available 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Information sheets with each candidate’s responses to the Bulletin’s questionnaire will be available, as will candidates’ literature.

The 2015 Manitou Springs Election Forum is co-sponsored by the Briarhurst Manor Estate, the city of Manitou Springs, the League of Women Voters, Citizens Project, the Pikes Peak Library District, the Colorado Springs Independent and the Colorado Springs Business Journal.


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