Health District hopefuls will participate in April 12 LWV forum

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The League of Women Voters of Larimer County will host a candidates forum for those seeking seats on the Health District of Northern Larimer County Board of Directors. The candidates forum is Thursday, April 12, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Fort Collins City Council Chambers, 300 Laporte Ave., and will be shown live on Channel 14.

The Health District of Northern Larimer County is supported through local property taxes to serve residents of Fort Collins, Laporte, Timnath, Wellington, Livermore, Red Feather Lakes and other unincorporated areas of northern Larimer County. Services provided include prescription assistance, preventive dentistry, mental health and health planning.

Those attending the forum are asked to arrive by 6:45 p.m. to be seated and submit written questions for the candidates.

Candidates Bernard Birnbaum, Matt Fries, Debbie Johnson Healy, Jack Irving and Steven Thorson are running for two openings on the five-member board. Candidates are elected at-large to serve four-year terms.

The Health District Election takes place May 8. Polling places are the Health District Office, 120 Bristlecone Dr., and Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, 4501 S. Lemay, both in Fort Collins. Mail-in ballots are available for those who submit an Application for Permanent Mail-in Voter Status. Applications can be requested from Judy Robison-Bullard, designated election official, at 970-224-5209, or by email at The application also can be downloaded at and will be printed in the spring issue of the Health District’s Compass, mailed to district residents in early April. The application for a mail-in ballot must be signed and returned to the Health District by Tuesday, May 1, to receive the ballot by mail, or by Friday, May 4, if it will be picked up at the Health District. Mail-in ballots must be received at the Health District by 7 p.m. election day.

The forum is made possible through the cooperation of the City of Fort Collins. It will be screened on the City of Fort Collins Channel 14 several times prior to the May 8 election. For additional information regarding the forum, call 970-221-1480. For information on the League of Women Voters of Larimer County, go to