Troy University Helps Educate Voters through Candidate Forums

Posted: Thursday, 01 May 2008

DOTHAN – Troy University student Alicha Frank, of Dothan, was an undecided voter until she attended the recent 2nd Congressional District Candidate Forum held on the Dothan Campus. During the two-hour debate, Frank listened as candidates fielded questions on healthcare, alternative energy sources, the economy, the military and other topics.

“I thought the questions were good,” Frank said. “The candidates seem to have a lot of experience with the issues. The information and the answers they gave helped me decide how I’ll vote.”

Nine candidates are vying for the seat currently held by Congressman Terry Everett, who is not seeking a ninth term in office. They include: Bobby Bright, Cendie Crawley, David Grimes, Jay Love, John Martin, Cheryl Sabel, Craig Schmidtke, Harri Anne Smith and David Woods.

The forum was a way for Troy University to help inform voters, according to Dr. Don Jeffrey, Dothan Campus vice chancellor.

“This was a tremendous opportunity for Troy University to bring these candidates before their constituents to express their philosophies,” Jeffrey said.

Troy University partnered with AARP, WSFA and the National Federation of Independent Business to present the forum. It was the third and final in a series. Previous debates were held at the WSFA studios in Montgomery and on the Troy Campus.

The event was also part of AARP’s “Divided We Fail” campaign. The program aims to rally voters around the topics of healthcare and lifetime financial security, according to AARP State Director Joan Carter.

“This is a key district for us,” Carter said. “We have at least 200,000 people 50 and above in the 2nd Congressional District. We are trying to mobilize and educate voters.”