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An Evening of Conversation with Maine Candidates

Published on: September 23, 2014

WHO: On October 2, 2014, Husson University welcomes Maine Democratic, Republican, and Independent party candidates to the educational institution’s Bangor, Maine campus.

Candidates who have already agreed to participate in this event include:

Maine State House of Representatives:
• Douglas Damon Republican
• Aaron Frey Democrat
• Adam Goode Democrat
• Victoria Kornfield Democrat
• John Schneck Democrat
• Gail M. Sheehan Republican
• Archie Verow Democrat

Maine State Senate:
• Paul Davis Democrat
• Geoff Gratwick Democrat
• Cary Weston Republican

US House of Representatives:
• Emily Cain Democrat
• Blaine Richardson Independent

County Sheriff:
• Troy Morton Republican
• Allan Stehle Independent

(Note: Names listed above are arranged in alphabetical order within groupings by public office. Additional candidates will be added to this list as invitations are accepted.)

WHAT: Maine political candidates will join together at Husson University for an evening of conversation to discuss issues and answer questions regarding voting, the role of government, access to affordable health care, education, and other community concerns. 

During the first hour, members of the public will have the opportunity to speak directly with candidates as part of “meet and greets” in separate rooms. Snacks will be provided during this portion of the event. 

The majority of candidates will then join together during the second hour in the Gracie Theatre. During this portion of the event, each candidate will be given two minutes to respond to a specific question submitted in writing prior to the event by Husson University students. While candidates will be given advance notice of the kinds of topics to be covered, none of the candidates will know the specific question they will need to respond to until it is selected at random during the event.

Voter registration tables will be set up in the Darling Atrium, immediately adjacent to the Gracie Theatre entrance, so that anyone interested in participating in the upcoming election can sign up. Other tables providing information will feature representatives from Maine NEW Leadership, and the American Association of University Women. In addition, students will provide information about the state Senate and the state House of Representatives. Finally, Ryan Tipping-Spitz with the Maine House of Representatives will be staffing a table and providing information about the importance of clean elections.

WHEN: Thursday, October 2, 2014.
“Meet and Greets” with candidates will run from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The Gracie Theatre will feature candidate responses to Husson student questions from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Informal conversations with prospective voters may take place in the Darling Atrium following the Gracie Theatre portion of the event at the candidates’ discretion. 

WHERE: The Gracie Theatre 
Husson University
1 College Circle
Bangor, Maine 04401

WHY: This event is designed to encourage participation in the democratic process and educate young voters in the many issues that affect their lives. By meeting the upcoming slate of candidates and giving them the opportunity to connect with voters, Husson University hopes to facilitate an informational exchange where candidates can hear about voters’ concerns, as new members of the electorate learn more about the candidates’ positions.

HOW: If you are a member of the media and you plan to cover all or part of “An Evening of Conversation with Maine Candidates,” please contact Eric B. Gordon, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications at 207.992.4925 or on his cell phone at 207.649.4647.

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