“Meet the Candidates” Forum Set for October 16 at UC Riverside

Part of a three-week series of meetings designed to encourage students to get informed and vote

The Before the Ballot candidate forum is aimed toward raising awareness of student voters in advance of the election.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Several candidates running for a variety of public offices at the local, state and federal levels will participate in a “Meet the Candidates” forum on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 7 p.m. in Highlander Union Building room 302 on the campus of the University of California, Riverside.

The candidates’ forum is co-sponsored by Associated Students Program Board (ASPB) and Associated Students of UCR (ASUCR) and is part of the “Before the Ballot” series presented by ASPB. The three programs are designed to raise awareness of local political issues among students in advance of the November 6th national elections.

“UCR hasn’t been known to be a politically active campus, so we are excited at the possibility of promoting a positive change to the culture of our community and to get information across to students in a relevant and engaging manner,” said Vikram Sangha, director of films and lectures for ASPB.

The October 23 forum will feature a discussion about health care, while the October 30 event will feature a debate on gay marriage. The forums are open to the general public and free to attend, with current UCR students receiving priority seating. On-campus parking is $5 for non-UCR permit holders.

“In the upcoming election, UC Riverside students will have the opportunity to elect policy makers who represent their interests,” said Cesar Toledo, a member of the ASUCR External Affairs Committee and politicians coordinator for the event. “The goal is to give students the opportunity to meet the candidates and give them a chance to hear what they have to say firsthand.”

Candidates expected to attend the forum include:

  • Jose Medina, candidate for state assembly.
  • Richard Roth, candidate for state senate.
  • Kevin Jeffries, candidate  for Riverside County Supervisor, 1st district
  • Bob Buster, candidate for Riverside County Supervisor, 1st district
  • Ed Adkison, candidate for mayor of Riverside
  • Rusty Bailey, candidate for mayor of Riverside
  • Mark Takano, candidate for Congress – 41st District

“The response from most of the candidates has been very positive,” Toledo said.

In addition to the forums, several campus organizations including Associated Student Programming Board, University California Student Association (UCSA), CalPIRG, and Student Organization Voter Access Committee (SOVAC) are teaming up for a voter registration drive with the goal of getting 5,000 UCR students registered to vote.

Toledo said that students have a great opportunity to make their voices heard in the 2012 election.

“The Inland Empire is going to be one of the most highly competitive regions in the state, and many of the races are very close,” he said. “Both Democrats and Republicans are pouring a lot of money into the region, and students who vote have the opportunity to make a huge impact in the election.”

Media Contact

Tel: (951) 827-4756
E-mail: john.warren@ucr.edu

Additional Contacts

Cesar Toledo
Tel: (760) 315-7377
E-mail: Ctole006@ucr.edu

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