UTSA Young Democrats invite all students to Oct. 18 candidate forum

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(Oct. 17, 2012) -- To help students become more involved in the national and local political processes, the UTSA Young Democrats will host a 2012 Candidate Forum for UTSA students. The event is 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18 in the University Center Denman Room (2.01.28) at the UTSA Main Campus.

The forum will feature 20 candidates; each will speak from a podium to the audience. Community leaders including U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar, state Representative Joaquin Castro and state Senator Pete Gallegos will attend. After speaking, each candidate will have two minutes to answer questions from students about the issues that matter most to them.

Several other student and community organizations will have tables at the event to represent various political affiliations and views including the UTSA College Republicans, Young Americans for Liberty and Student Government Association. Though the forum will include Democratic candidates, the Young Democrats encourages political participation of all kinds by offering an event that is educational and inspiring for the student community.

Young Democrats President Hannah Beck said, "I'm really excited about the candidate forum. We've been working since July to make this event the strongest voter education movement on campus. Our event is unique because the students have control -- they get to ask questions. Because it's unscripted, the candidate forum will provide a chance for students to tell candidates and elected officials what issues matter to them. It's a unique way of directly connecting politicians with their constituents."

For more information, email the Young Democrats at utsayoungdemocrats@gmail.com or visit facebook.com/utsayoungdems.