Colorado’s U.S. Senate race begins in earnest this week with a major surprise: the Libertarian candidate will qualify for the first debate.
Lily Tang Williams, a Chinese immigrant and first-time candidate, will join Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet and Republican challenger Darryl Glenn at the Club 20 debate Saturday in Grand Junction after new voter registration figures showed an increase in Libertarian Party registration.
The debate serves as the unofficial kickoff of the fall campaign, and the inclusion of the Libertarian would mark the first time in recent memory that a third-party candidate participated in a major U.S. Senate debate in Colorado, said party chairman Jay North.
“I’m going to tell people that I offer a real third option,” Williams said in an interview. “The two-party duopoly in our country has not worked well.”