Polis, Stapleton to debate at CSU Wednesday evening

Stuart Smith

Editor’s Note: this article was updated at 9:54 a.m. on October 15 to reflect all tickets for the debate were claimed.

Colorado’s frontrunners in the governor’s race will meet in Colorado State University’s Lory Student Center Theatre Wednesday night for a debate hosted by the Fort Collins Coloradoan and 9News.


Democrat Jared Polis and Republican Walker Stapleton will debate from 7 to 8:30 p.m., with a section devoted to audience questions submitted before the debate starts. Doors open at 6 p.m. 

All tickets have been claimed, but any unclaimed seats 15 minutes prior to the debate will be given to those on the waitlist, which can be accessed at Colorodoan.com or through the debate’s Facebook event page.

9News journalists Kyle Clark and Marshall Zelinger will be moderating the debate, which will be broadcast statewide on 9News’ alternative channel 20 and on the Coloradoan’s website.

Zelinger is an investigative and political reporter for 9News who routinely reports for Kyle Clark’s evening news show. Clark is a news anchor at 9News and hosts “Next with Kyle Clark” weeknights at 6 p.m. and co-anchors 9News at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.

According to the Coloradoan, no bags, signs or noisemakers will be permitted. Security will be screening individuals at the entrance. The University’s clear bag policy will be in place for the debate. 

Stuart Smith can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @stuartsmithnews