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Eight Colorado Democrats vying to be their party’s U.S. Senate nominee in November’s election will participate later this month in a Longmont community forum that organizers say will focus on issues important to the Latinx community.

The forum, which is open to the public, is scheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont.

According to a news release from Longmont Latinx Voice, the event’s sponsor, Englewood psychologist and climate activist Diana Bray; activist and nonprofit leader Lorena Garcia; University of Denver professor David Goldfischer; former Gov. John Hickenlooper; former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff; pastor and women’s studies professor Stephany Rose Spaulding; nonprofit director and immigrant-rights activist Michelle Ferrigno Warren; and scientist and educator Trish Zornio all have confirmed they will attend.

Each of those Democrats is seeking a spot on the party’s June 30 primary election ballot. The primary’s winner will advance to the Nov. 3 election contest with Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, the incumbent.

Victor Vela, founder of Longmont Latinx Voice, said in a statement that “it’s clear from the large field that there is excitement in the Democratic Party” about this year’s U.S. Senate election.

“But the candidates will need to go through the Latino community here in Colorado in order to secure a primary victory. This town hall is an opportunity for the candidates to address critical issues facing Latinx voters at a pivotal time in our American history. We look forward to hearing from all of the candidates as they state their case to represent the people of Colorado, especially the many Latino voices of this great state,” Vela said.

Organizers said they expect candidates at the forum to touch on such issues as voter registration and turnout, immigration reform, education, housing, policing, health and the environment, employment, transportation and youth services.

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