Sam political groups gear up for election

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It’s a race that happens only once every four years but this one does not involve the Olympics, it is the race for the presidency.

The arguments, speeches and promotions have been made and the conventions are all but over. After everything is settled down and the words of George W. Bush and John Kerry have set in, November will have rolled around and it will be time for the country to vote, though four years ago only 51percent of the registered American cast their ballots. The Republicans and Democrats of Sam Houston State University hope to change that, or at least here on their own campus.

Abel Lozano, President of the Sam Houston Democrats, and Jim Massey, Chairman for the Sam Houston College Republicans, are two in particular that will try to convince college students to take full advantage of their opportunity to vote. Both on-campus parties are trying to assist students in getting involved in politics and educate them on the candidates running for an office considered by some to be the most important and powerful in the nation, if not the world. The Sam Houston College Republicans hold meetings every Monday night at 7 p.m. in LSC, room 315, while the Sam Houston Democrats hold their meetings every Tuesday at 5 p.m. in LSC, room 304.

“These meetings are to generate support for their local and national candidate(s) while bringing up issues that concern the livelihood of the students,” explains Massey. The meetings host a wide variety of speakers ranging from professors to the candidates themselves, such as (R) U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady who visited Aug. 25, and (D) Jim Sharp, candidate for the Justice of the first Court of Appeals, who visited Aug. 31. Both university party leaders profess that the purpose of these meetings are to inform and educate the students on the party candidates, not to convert their attendees.

Lozano and Massey both agree that it is more important to vote than to belong to a certain party, but they also see a problem due to the lack of educational voting. “Quite often, people vote for a party rather than a candidate because it is the party their family has always supported,” Lozano said. Many vote without the knowledge of where their party candidate stands on certain issues. They vote with a lack of information, and perhaps the pressure of a family heritage of Republicans or Democrats.

By voting in the November election, Sam Houston students, and the population as a whole, will let George W. Bush or John Kerry know who they support and wish to be the next President of the United States.