EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated to reflect that Student Voices Count is no longer involved with this event. The student group dissolved its partnership with Free and Equal last week.
Three presidential candidates have confirmed that they will attend a debate at the University of Colorado later this month, but so far the event organizers haven’t heard back from the two major-party candidates — Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
The debate, which is being held in Macky Auditorium at 4 p.m. on Oct. 25, will so far feature Darrell Castle, of the Constitution Party; Gloria La Riva, of the Socialist Party, and Rocky De La Fuente, an independent candidate.
Event organizers also still hope Green Party nominee Jill Stein and Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson will attend.
The debate is part of the United We Stand Festival, which brings together “popular, socially-conscious musicians, speakers, authors and cultural leaders to discuss and celebrate the political process,” according to the event website.
Kweku Mandela, grandson of the late Nelson Mandela, will deliver the keynote address at the debate.
Ramsey Clark, who served as U.S. attorney general under President Lyndon Johnson, is also expected to attend the festival, according to organizers.
Musicians Ky-Mani Marley and Flobots are also scheduled to perform.
The event is being organized by Free and Equal, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group that seeks to broaden electoral choices. The CU student group Student Voices Count also had been working on the event, but decided last week to dissolve its partnership.
Event organizers are hoping that the debate “addresses important issues, engages discussion and works toward solutions,” according to a press release.
For more information, visit freeandequal.org.
Posted on October 12, 2016 by Sarah Kuta