OWN Town Hall features candidates, issue updates

       The public is invited to a Town Hall hosted by the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) Wednesday, Oct. 17.
       Including discussion on several Westside issues and chances to meet election candidates or their representatives, the meeting will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St.
       According to OWN President Welling Clark, discussion topics will be the no-panhandling ordinance (the Westside was excluded from the city's initial draft despite advocacy by OWN and others), a related multimedia campaign (encouraging people to give to charities, not panhandlers), the Westside Avenue Action Plan (a public, consultant-led effort to plan civic upgrades along Colorado Avenue west of 31st Street) and a new I-25/ Cimmaron interchange (design funding was recently approved by the state; County Commissioner Sallie Clark will speak on that).
       The event will not have candidate debates, but the last hour of the evening will be set aside for citizens to “meet and greet” candidates of their choosing, OWN President Clark said.
       Confirmed for the event are Statehouse District 18 incumbent Pete Lee (D) and challenger Jennifer George (R); and, in Commissioner District 3, incumbent Sallie Clark (R) and challenger John Morris (D), Welling Clark said.
       OWN also expects to have a representative of District 5 Congressman Doug Lamborn. Dave Anderson, running against Lamborn as an Independent, has also confirmed.
       Overall, Clark said that OWN has sent invitations to “all candidates whose names we will see on our November ballots.”
       Information will also be provided in the community center about two local ballot issues - the extension of the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA) sales tax and a tax increase to beef up the County Sheriff's Office budget.
       For more information from OWN, call 471-4023 or e-mail info@westsideneighbors.org.

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