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Drought, mental health and inflation were top issues for CO-3 primary candidates at League of Women Voters' virtual forum

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Lucas Brady Woods
Clockwise from top left: Karen Sheek, League of Women Voters of Colorado Board President; Sara Blackhurst, moderator; incumbent candidate Representative Lauren Boebert; Republican candidate Don Coram; Democratic candidate Sol Sandoval; and Democratic candidate Adam Frisch. Democratic candidate Alex walker is not picturesd.

The candidates running in Colorado’s Third Congressional District primary answered questions at a virtual forum hosted by the League of Women Voters. 

The five primary candidates who participated in the forum included incumbent Lauren Boebert and challenger Don Coram on the Republican side. The Democratic side included Adam Frisch, Sol Sandoval, and Alex Walker. The candidates participated remotely in the forum, which was streamed online. 

Over the course of the event, they faced the same eleven questions, with one minute to answer each. The questions they were asked were selected with input from the public and covered a wide range of issues facing the third district. All of the candidates emphasized three areas that are particularly impactful right now: drought, mental health, and inflation. 

Many of them also touted their abilities to reach independent voters and build consensus across the aisle. Except Representative Lauren Boebert, who embraced her opposition to the Biden Administration and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. 

Other issues covered included election integrity, gun control, public lands, pharmaceutical prices, abortion access, and immigration. Also notable was the repeated criticism of Representative Boebert’s record and behavior from her Republican challenger and the Democrats. For the most part, however, the event was without controversy.

The deadline to submit primary ballots is June 28.

If you didn’t get a chance to watch the candidate forum, it was recorded and you can view it online. Head to the League of Women Voters of Colorado website at or to the group's Facebook page.

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Lucas is the News Director for KSJD Community Radio. His work focuses on serving the public of the Four Corners with responsible, factual reporting.