DENVER — FOX31 Denver is set to host a debate featuring the Republican candidates for governor on Sunday, March 2, the station announced Friday.
Tom Tancredo, the early frontrunner in the primary field, indicated he would participate in the forum, but backed out late Thursday afternoon.
Secretary of State Scott Gessler, who along with Tancredo skipped a Denver Post debate earlier this week, will participate along with state Sen. Greg Brophy, former Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp and Adams County GOP Chairman Steve House.
The 90-minute live debate, “Republican Gubernatorial Primary Debate”, is the only gubernatorial candidate forum of primary season that is sanctioned and co-sponsored by the Colorado Republican Party.
The debate will air live on FOX31 Denver at 9 a.m. just two days ahead of GOP caucuses on Tuesday, March 4.
“This is the only gubernatorial primary debate that the Colorado Republican Committee is sanctioning and sponsoring prior to our caucuses and assemblies,” Colorado GOP Chairman Ryan Call said.
“Our goal is not only to provide a forum for those seeking our Party’s nomination, but also to encourage registered Republicans to become better informed and to take an active role in our primary process.”
The Colorado Springs Gazette is also partnering with FOX31 Denver and the Colorado GOP.
FOX31 Denver’s Eli Stokols and the Gazette’s Megan Schrader will serve as moderators.
A livestream of the debate will be available on the websites of FOX31 Denver, the Colorado Springs Gazette and the Colorado GOP.