Montana State University

MSU students host election debate on Nov. 7

October 26, 2016

David C.W. Parker, MSU associate professor of political science, will moderate a Nov. 7 panel at MSU focusing on the Nov. 8 presidential, congressional and gubernatorial elections. 

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Montana State University political science professor David Parker will moderate a panel debate at noon Monday, Nov. 7, in the SUB Union Market focusing on the upcoming Nov. 8 presidential, congressional and gubernatorial elections.

Students and representatives from both major parties will participate in “Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Future: The Power of the Voter in 2016.”

“Participation in our democratic system is most meaningful when the electorate is provided with quality information on which to base their decisions,” said Parker, who serves as a co-host of MTN's statewide “Face the State” program. “I'm excited to help the public and the MSU community learn about their choices as they head to the polls."

In addition to the debate, interested student organizations, candidates and others will be available to students and the public starting at 11:30 a.m.

Daniel Yoon, a senior at MSU and a student associate in the MSU Leadership Institute, which is sponsoring the debate, said the forum is an opportunity for voters to gain an understanding of policies and candidates.

“By hearing views from both major parties, we hope to provide students with a clear picture of just how powerful their votes are this election year,” Yoon said.

Former Montana Senator Robert Hawks will join the Democratic panel. Hawks served as both the mayor and a commissioner for the City of Bozeman and was a Democratic member of the Montana State Senate for eight years. He will be joined by two members of the MSU College Democrats: Anne Lynam, a sophomore studying political science and anthropology and Taylor Blossom, a freshman studying chemical engineering.

Republicans will be represented by local businesswoman Kyndall Miller Hinkle, an MSU graduate, and two members of the MSU College Republicans: Melodee Wines, a freshman studying business finance and political science, and Matt Pitzer, a senior studying political science.

The event is sponsored by Office of Student Engagement, MSU Leadership Institute, College Democrats of Montana State University and College Republicans.

The event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call the MSU Leadership Institute at (406) 994-7275 or visit http://www.montana.edu/leadership/ or facebook.com/MSULeadershipInstitute/.  

Carmen McSpadden (406) 994-7667, cmcspadden@montana.edu