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What: CUSG candidate debate

When: Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Where: Education building, room 220

More: http://cusg.colorado.edu/content/elections

T he University of Colorado Student Government elections began Monday and Election Commissioner JohnMichael Thistle is hoping to boost student interest by holding a second candidate debate.

This is the first time CUSG has hosted a second debate within an election cycle.

The debate will be held tonight at 7 in the education building on the Boulder campus, room 220.

With national and state elections in full swing, Thistle said he fears the CUSG election could become a low priority for CU students who have been bombarded with political information.

“We wanted to give them as much of a chance to hear our candidate voices as possible,” Thistle said. “We know not everyone was available to come to the first debate, so we wanted to give them another opportunity.”

All 20 candidates were included in the first debate — 10 for CUSG and 10 for Arts and Sciences Students Government — but this time only the CUSG candidates will participate, he said.

“They’re the ones affecting the whole campus, not just the students in one particular college, so we wanted to keep the focus on them this time,” Thistle said.

The audience submitted several questions to the election commission during the first debate and, due to time constraints, not all of them were asked, Thistle said. This time, the questions will focus mainly on the remaining audience questions — including topics like student fees, cutting programs, safety on campus and the 4/20 smokeout.

Inspire candidate Lauren Kuhn said her ticket is hoping to reinforce its focus on affordability during the second debate.

“The issue we really want to address in tomorrow’s debate is the rising cost of college and how Inspire will work to make this easier for students,” Kuhn said. “This is important for all students, especially those financing their own education.”

Pulse candidate Benjamin Leeds said his ticket will also talk about affordability versus programming, but is hoping to extend the discussion about safety.

“We would like to continue and expand the dialogue this election season on safety,” Leeds said. “Safety is one of the core issues the Pulse wishes to address.”

Students can vote at MyCUInfo through 8 p.m. Friday.

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