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April 20, 2012 > CSUEB debate to engage students and community

CSUEB debate to engage students and community

Submitted By Melanie Sutrathada

Candidates running for Congress have committed to an engaging and informative debate to encourage students and community members to form educated opinions about local congressional, state senate and state assembly candidates. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 5 p.m. at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB), Hayward. This is the first event of its type to take place since CSUEB was founded in 1957. It will be held as a debate in most of the district races and as a forum in those where only one candidate is present.

Associated Students Inc., CSUEB's student government, has collaborated with candidates for Congress to build greater awareness about elections and issues that affect the surrounding community and state. Topics will include issues affecting education and higher education and job creation, reflecting student needs and interests.

"I think debates on college campuses are extremely important; they help students become more aware of and more informed about the political process. They motivate students to make informed decisions when they vote and engage students in becoming more politically active," said Courtney Symonds, Director of Legislative Affairs for Associated Students Inc.

Candidates from the 13th, 14th and 17th districts will be present to discuss issues facing California and CSUEB, specifically. The candidates include Rob Bonta, Sarabjit Cheema, Evelyn Li, Chris Pareja, Bill Quirk, Charles Richardson and Marilyn Singleton.

"I want to see what each candidate stands for and what they can do for students," said Seetha Ream-Rao, Chair of the Legislative Affairs Committee.

For more information, contact Melanie Sutrathada at (619) 793-9098 or email

Candidates Debate & Forum
Wednesday, April 25
5 - 9 p.m.
California State University, East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard, Hayward
(510) 885-3905

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