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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Lorena Garcia speaks alongide Trish Zornio, former Gov. John Hickenlooper and former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff at a forum sponsored by the Denver Democrats on Nov. 9, 2019, in Denver.

The eight Democrats running for Colorado's U.S. Senate seat will be on hand to discuss issues important to the Latinx community in Longmont on Jan. 26, the forum's sponsors announced.

It'll be a rare chance to see all the primary candidates on one stage before precinct caucuses March 7, when Democrats start to weigh in on who the party will nominate to take on Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner.

The forum, dubbed a community conversation by sponsoring organization Longmont Latinx Voice, is expected to cover topics that include immigration reform, education, housing, criminal justice, public health, transportation and the environment.

“It’s clear from the large field that there is excitement in the Democratic Party,” said Victor Vela Sr., the organization's founder. “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.”

Hispanic and Latino residents account for an estimated 21.7% of Colorado's population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That's puts Colorado with the seventh-largest share of Hispanic or Latino residents in the country.

The candidates expected to attend include climate activist Diana Bray, nonprofit director Lorena Garcia, international studies professor David Goldfischer, former Gov. John Hickenlooper, former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, women's studies professor Stephany Rose Spaulding, nonprofit director Michelle Ferrigno Warren and scientist Trish Zornio.

The event is scheduled for 2 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont. Doors open at 1:45 p.m.

Nick Lopez, a former Colorado assistant attorney general, will moderate the forum. Organizers are asking the public to submit questions to, or

The Longmont forum will be the first since Goldfischer entered the race in December.

The Colorado Democratic Party sponsored a series of candidate forums throughout the state last summer and fall but doesn't plan to stage additional events this year.

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