UCCS, local media outlets to host June 8 Republican U.S. Senate debate

Tom Hutton, (719) 255-3439, [email protected] Joanna Bean, (719) 255-3732, [email protected]

Editor’s note: Credentials will be required for reporters and photographers covering this event. Requests for credentials must be made by 5 p.m. June 7. For more information, contact Tom Hutton, (719) 255-3439.

COLORADO SPRINGS – A Colorado Springs newspaper and a local network television affiliate will join with the University of Colorado Colorado Springs to host a June 8 debate between five candidates vying for the Republican nomination to face U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) in the November general election.

The Colorado Springs Gazette and KKTV 11News will join UCCS to host the 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. debate at Berger Hall on the UCCS campus, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway. Don Ward, news anchor, KKTV 11 News, will serve as moderator.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and will be available on a first-come basis. A limited number of seats will be reserved for the candidates and their supporters.

Those interested in attending should arrive by 5:30 p.m. Free parking is available in lots 222 and 224 on the UCCS campus. A campus map is available at http://www.uccs.edu/map. Berger Hall is on the second floor of the University Center which is abbreviated UCTR.

No large bags (purses or backpacks) or campaign signs will be allowed at the event. Those with signs will be directed to a public forum area on the ground level of the University Center. Because the event will be broadcast live, those who attend are asked to stay for the duration. No re-entry will be allowed.

Candidates will be questioned by representatives from the Gazette, KKTV, a member of the UCCS Student Government Association and a community leader. Audience members will not be allowed to ask questions. The debate format allows candidates to ask each other questions.

“It is the University of Colorado Colorado Springs’ responsibility to help bring important information to the public,” Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak said. “While the university is non-partisan, we are pleased to contribute to these important civic conversations.”

The debate will air live on KKTV Channel 11. It will also be streamed and available for replay on www.kktv.com and www.gazette.com. KJCT Channel 8 in Grand Junction will air the debate from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 9.

The candidates who have confirmed they will participate in the debate are:

  • Robert Blaha, Colorado Springs
  • Ryan Frazier, Aurora
  • Darryl Glenn, Colorado Springs
  • Jack Graham, Fort Collins
  • Jon Keyser, Denver area

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KKTV, channel 11 (UHF digital channel 49), is a CBS-affiliated television station located in Colorado Springs. It serves the Colorado Springs/Pueblo market. Its transmitter is located on Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado Springs, with studios located on East Colorado Avenue in downtown Colorado Springs. KKTV is carried on Comcast cable channel 10 in Colorado Springs and channel  11 in Pueblo.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest-growing universities in Colorado. The university offers 39 bachelor’s degrees, 20 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 11,300 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.