UCCS student government hosts regent candidate debate Monday

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs student government will host a debate among at-large candidates for a seat on the University of Colorado Board of Regents.

The one-hour debate is at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 in Centennial Hall, Room 108 on the UCCS campus, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway. Parking will be available in lots 3 and 4 at no charge.

Candidates Steve Ludwig, Dr. Brian Davidson, Daniel Ong and Tyler Belmont are expected to discuss their positions on issues affecting the university and answer questions. There are two at-large members on the board who serve the entire state with the remaining seven members representing each of Colorado’s congressional districts.

The debate will be moderated by three UCCS students with each candidate having two minutes for opening remarks followed by questions posed by the moderators and closing remarks. Audience members will have the opportunity to submit questions before the debate begins. Doors open at 6 p.m.

“UCCS needs to be part of the overall conversation about the future of CU,” said Steve Collier, student body president and event organizer. “Whether it’s growth, the addition of a branch campus of the CU School of Medicine here or any number of other issues, the candidates need to understand the unique nature of this campus within the CU System.”

The CU Board of Regents is charged with the general supervision of the University of Colorado and its four campuses and the exclusive control and direction of all funds of and appropriations to the university, unless otherwise provided by law. The Board of Regents consists of nine members serving staggered six-year terms, one elected from each of the state’s seven congressional districts and two from the state at-large. Ludwig currently holds the at-large position and is seeking reelection.