Gubernatorial Candidates to Visit SUU CampusOctober 15, 2004
Author: Jen Desmond
On October 27, just six days before the General Election, candidates from the Utah gubernatorial race and other races statewide will meet at Southern Utah University to promote their platforms and answer questions relevant to the upcoming election. The event is being brought to the community by SUU’s Center for Politics and Public Service and the Cedar City Area Chamber of Commerce.
Scheduled to appear are gubernatorial candidates Jon Huntsman, Jr., and Scott Matheson, Jr., or their lieutenant governor candidates Gary Herbert and Karen Hale, respectively. Tentatively scheduled are 2nd Congressional District candidates Jim Matheson and John Swallow.
Because of its specialized needs as a mostly rural area, and one still haunted by the effects of nearby nuclear testing, southern Utah continues to be a vital region in the battle for public office. Area residents, SUU and Dixie State College students, and local dignitaries will have the unique opportunity to visit one-on-one with the candidates and to hear policy discourse between them.
In an open house style, candidates will present their platforms and visit with citizens from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Rotunda of the Sharwan Smith Center. An open forum for the gubernatorial, congressional, and possibly other candidates will commence from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Ballroom in the Sharwan Smith Center. The forum’s first hour will focus on the gubernatorial race.
Press interviews are welcomed from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with available candidates. Please contact Jen Desmond at (801) 870-1141 or (435) 586-7898 to arrange interviews with specific candidates and for further updates on the forum’s schedule.
This is one of the few joint appearances of the candidates planned on any Utah campus, or in southern Utah. The students of SUU’s Center for Politics and Public Service encourage their fellow southern Utah citizens to take advantage of this opportunity to be informed about the issues and the candidates in this peak of the election season.