WSU to Host Ogden Mayoral Debate

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University students and the public can learn more about Ogden’s mayoral candidates during an hour-long debate Oct. 5 at 10:30 a.m. at the Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater.

Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society, and the Richard Richards Institute for Politics, Decency and Ethical Conduct are cosponsoring the debate between candidates Mike Caldwell and Brandon Stephenson.

The free event is open to the public.

“It will be a student-run debate,” said Leah Murray, associate political science professor. “The students will come up with the questions, they will moderate the debate and they will be allowed to ask questions.”

Caldwell and Stephenson were selected from a group of eight candidates during a recent primary. The winner of the nonpartisan election Nov. 8 will succeed current Mayor Matthew Godfrey.

“The Richard Richards Institute likes to cosponsor any political event that gets students involved,” Murray said. “Mr. Richards is very committed to getting young people to understand what’s happening in politics. Connecting students to politics is what they’re all about.”

The Oct. 5 event will be the third Ogden mayoral debate hosted by Pi Sigma Alpha. The others were in 2003 and 2007.

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