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District 8 city council candidate forum at UTSA

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(April 1, 2013) -- The UTSA Student Government Association, UTSA College of Public Policy and the San Antonio Area League of Women Voters recently hosted the City Council District 8 Candidate Forum at the UTSA Main Campus Business Building.

All candidates on the ballot for District 8 were invited and participated in the forum. Candidates Rolando Briones, Mike Kueber and Ron Nirenberg outlined their backgrounds, discussed city issues and answered questions from the audience. UTSA SGA president-elect Zack Dunn moderated the 90-minute event, which was open to the public.

The UTSA Main Campus is in District 8 and the UTSA Downtown Campus is in District 5. UTSA hosts the forums to educate the public about local offices, allow voters to compare the candidates and their positions, and to raise voter interest and participation in the upcoming election.

"These candidate forums are an important component of UTSA's commitment to SA2020, in which we serve as lead partner on government accountability and civic engagement," said Francine Romero, assistant dean of the UTSA College of Public Policy. "This sort of event helps to enhance civic engagement in general, and we also hope it will have a specific and measurable impact by increasing voter turnout in municipal elections."

A candidate forum for District 5 is planned for the UTSA Downtown Campus at 6 p.m. April 13. For more information, contact the Student Government Association at 210-458-4597.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

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