Democratic U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter of Golden and Republican challenger George Athanasopoulos offered dramatically different visions of how they would deal with issues ranging from workforce development, to transportation funding, to affordable housing Friday.

The two faced off at a debate sponsored by the Metro North Chamber of Commerce and Denver Regional Council of Governments.

Their clashes on the role of government in business affairs were a stark difference from the largely genial and much smaller disagreements between Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis of Boulder and his Republican challenger, Nicholas Morse, on similar topics. Republican U.S. Senate nominee Darryl Glenn and U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman of Aurora also spoke at the breakfast event in Westminster, though their opponents — Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet and Democratic state Sen. Morgan Carroll — declined to participate.

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