Planning the candidate forum are (left to right) Hannah Finnerty, Phillip Rich and Holly Shively.
STUDENTS ORGANIZE OCT. 23 CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE FORUM
BGSU students and University community members will have another chance to meet Bowling Green City Council candidates and learn about the issues on the Nov. 7 ballot at an upcoming candidate forum on campus. Slated for 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, the event so far has 11 confirmed candidate participants of the 12 running (there is also one uncontested seat), including all six at-large candidates.
One of the candidates is current student Hunter Sluss, looking to represent the first ward, and challenging six-year council member Daniel Gordon, who was elected while a BGSU student.
The Oct. 23 forum is completely student-led and is coordinated by a team of BGSU students dedicated to increasing awareness about the election and ultimately, voter participation, said senior Phillip Rich, a co-organizer of the forum. Rich is an Andrew Goodman Foundation ambassador/Vote Everywhere team leader with BGSU Votes, headquartered in the Center for Community and Civic Engagement. Senior Meg Burrell is co-ambassador.
Rich has worked with senior Holly Shively, the student director of BG Falcon Media, which comprises the two campus radio stations, BG 24 TV news, the BG News and the Key and Obsidian magazines, to line up sponsors and make the arrangements. Shively recently won a second Press Club of Toledo Touchstone Award, this time in the digital category for a piece she wrote for bgindependentmedia.org about a BGSU student who has been an advocate for equality in her native Tunisia and on campus.