Democratic forum to inform students about candidates

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The Sam Houston Democrats will host the “Democratic Presidential Candidate Forum” tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. in room 320 of the LSC. Melissa Rosser, president of the Sam Houston Democrats, explained the importance of attending the forum and participating in the presidential primary and election.

“This event is very important for students to attend because it is an opportunity for them to learn about the democratic presidential candidates without having to leave campus or watch a debate,” said Rosser.

“Our goal is for students to be more educated about the upcoming primary election, which takes place on March 9, so that they can make a well-informed choice about the future president of the United States,” Rosser explained.

The forum will include helpful information about each democratic presidential candidate. Rosser explained that one representative from the Dean campaign and three representatives from the Clark campaign will be present for the forum. The other candidates will be represented by Rosser and other members of the Sam Houston Democrats. Rosser said that it is important for students to be involved and be aware of the elections.

“Students overall are not involved in the political process and do not pay much attention to elections, even though the impact of these elections is significant to them,” Rosser said. “The president of the United States has great influence over policies, such as regulating the interest on student loans and the level of funding for public education; therefore, it is surprising that more students don’t take interest in elections.”

The forum will allow students to become more aware of the upcoming primary election and give information on how they can get involved.

“Our forum will help students learn about the candidate that will be best for them. Also, we will give students the opportunity to register to vote in Walker County, which gives their individual vote more weight than it has in Montgomery or Harris counties,” Rosser said. “In addition, we will encourage students to attend precinct conventions, which is the most grassroots level of politics.”

The forum will be the first event the Sam Houston Democrats have ever hosted. The Sam Houston Democrats have a long history on SHSU’s campus. But in the 1990’s the organization fell out. “I guess we got content in the Clinton era,” Rosser said in regard to the democrats.

In the fall of 2001, the Sam Houston Democrats were re-chartered and have been active for the past two and half years.

The Sam Houston Democrats currently have 30 members and meet every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in room the LSC, room 306. It is open to all students. Rosser said the Sam Houston Democrats hope to set a precedent for the organization through this year’s election.

In the end, Rosser said, “we want students to be excited about the elections process and to attempt to get more involved. Our ultimate goal is to not only register students to vote but to encourage them to attend their precinct conventions that take place immediately following primary elections.”