Campus forum on local elections

With co-sponsors in Student Government, the College Republicans, Young Democrats, VoteCarolina, Black Student Movement, the Graduate and Professional Student Federation and the Interfraternity Council, the Daily Tarheel will host an informal community speak-out style forum on Sept. 28 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Greenlaw 101.

For the first time in its history the newspaper will host an additional forum this month designed to attract more University community interest in municipal elections. The 329 student-aged voters who participated in 2003 are a constant reminder that the campus community has held a passing interest in local political affairs. We feel a responsibility to help change that.

We would like all candidates to come if they can make it to be able to meet and chat with students in a very relaxed atmosphere. Jonathan Howes, special to the chancellor for local affairs and former Chapel Hill mayor, also will attend. Students will be able to converse with all candidates in attendance, register to vote or change their voter registration information and learn about the impacts of municipal elections on campus life. Each organization, with the DTH at the helm, is assembling an information brief on the ways local municipalities affect the university. It is our hope that around 500 some students will come to this first forum of its kind and help create a healthy buzz around local elections that could translate into acceptable turnout numbers. Greenlaw is the building between Bingham and Lenoir. Parking is available on Emerson and Lenoir drives or anywhere on campus, as it is after 5 p.m. Again, a map is available at:



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