Regis University hosts forum for Democrats vying for U.S. Senate seat

Eight of nine candidates will attend Feb. 11 event on campus


Regis University will welcome the Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate at a forum Feb. 11. Eight of the nine Democratic candidates will participate in the senatorial community conversation and debate from 6:30-8 p.m. at the university's northwest Denver campus.

James Mejía, a 9News political expert, will moderate the forum, at which candidates will be able to express their respective visions for Colorado's future and debate one another on topics relevant to Coloradans. Some of the topics that will be discussed include sustainability, climate change, education costs and health care.

The candidates scheduled to attend are Diana Bray, Lorena Garcia, David Goldfischer, Andrew Romanoff, Stephany Rose Spaulding, Erik Underwood, Michelle Ferrigno Warren and Trish Zornio. Former Gov. John Hickenlooper is not confirmed.

“Regis University is pleased to host these notable community conversations and decisions,” Jenna Farley, community liaison at Regis, said in a news release. “We want to help the voters in our neighborhood to learn more about the candidates for this important position. There's no better way to do that than to bring candidates, community partners and voters to campus.”

Hosted by Regis University's community relations department and the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs, the forum planning committee includes student government officers and 15 community organizations. Neighborhood groups representing the Berkeley, Regis, Highlands, Chaffee Park, Sunnyside and Inspiration Point neighborhoods will attend the forum, as will representatives of Smiley Branch Library and the Democratic Party of Denver.

This is a closely watched race, with Democratic candidates competing to run against the Republican incumbent, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner.

The event will take place in the Mountain View Center at Claver Hall at 3333 Regis Blvd. Parking will be available in lower Lot 4, accessible from Lowell Boulevard near W. 52nd Ave. For information about the forum, go to the Regis University Facebook page.


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