Candidates will debate tonight |

Candidates will debate tonight

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Summit County assistant elections official Joanie Meirick checks in Dillon resident Burt Walker Monday morning at the Summit County courthouse for early voting. Breckenridge resident Judith Herbener was also checking in to cast an early vote.

SUMMIT COUNTY – Candidates competing in local and regional elections will sound off tonight during a candidate debate at the Summit County Community and Senior Center near Frisco.The free event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a light buffet dinner. Debating will begin at 6 p.m.First up will be candidates for two seats on the Summit Board of County Commissioners. Incumbent Bill Wallace faces Green Party member Tom Castrigno for the District 2 seat, while Republican Jim Stover is running against Democrat Bob French in District 1.

A coin toss will determine which set of commissioner candidates will go first. District Attorney Mark Hurlbert, a Republican, and Democratic challenger Bruce Brown will debate for the 5th Judicial District seat. Lastly, Democrat Gary Lindstrom, who was appointed to the state House of Representatives in July, will debate Republican challenger Heather Lemon for the District 56 seat in the state legislature.

Each debate will last 30 minutes. Candidates will be given two minutes for an opening statement. Moderator Peter Adler, president of the Keystone Center, will then ask four rounds of questions. Debate rounds will be capped by a one-minute closing statement from each candidate.Questions will be taken from the audience.

The event is the final in a three-part series called Voting Matters. The series is sponsored by the Keystone Center, local political parties and Community Action for Sustainable and Affordable Solutions (CASAS).Kim Marquis can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 249, or at

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