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Club 20 debates kick off campaign season on the Western Slope

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Democratic candidate Adam Frisch and Republican candidate state Sen. Don Coram cross paths in Montrose and say hello to one another.

The Club 20 debates traditionally draw politicians from all over the state to address issues specific to the Western Slope. Candidates running for office will discuss water, the economy and abortion. But while many politically inclined in the region will be watching, some Democratic politicians are skipping the tradition altogether. Grand Junction Sentinel reporter Charles Ashby and political science professor Justin Gollob talk about the political climate on the Western Slope ahead of the debates.