Students to Host Ogden Mayoral Candidates Debate

OGDEN, Utah – Two Weber State University student organizations will host a debate between Ogden mayoral candidates Matthew Godfrey and Susan Van Hooser on Oct. 12 at noon in the Wattis Business Smith Lecture Hall.

The student-moderated debate, which is sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha, a political science honor society, and the Student Economics Association, is designed to offer the university's students a forum to hear the candidates discuss their political platforms. Each candidate will make initial and closing remarks with questions from two student moderators in between. The questions, which were formulated by each organization's students, will include a one-minute response for the candidate addressing the question with the other candidate taking 30 seconds to respond to their opponent.

"The college student is the most undervalued demographic politically in the nation," said Leah Murray, assistant political science professor and Pi Sigma Alpha adviser. "Their issues are not heard; they are not discussed in the major national debates. In Ogden, their voices have to be heard because the university is such a key part of the city, and the students are the lifeblood of the university. If they are involved in the debate, they can directly know that and assert themselves."

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 801-626-6695.

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Leah Murray, assistant political science professor
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Travis Clemens, assistant director of Media Relations
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