Student government leaders at Mercer University wanted to hold their own political debates next month, but the candidates turned them down.
Still, they are pressing ahead with a “turnout to vote” concert and fair Sept. 19.
“We tried to hold a forum and invited the gubernatorial and senatorial candidates, but we asked too late,” said Joey Wozniak, president of Mercer’s Student Government Association. “The candidates’ schedules were already set.”
The message the group wants to send, though, remains unchanged: Political engagement is important.
“The idea of the event is still the same. We want to get students out to vote,” Wozniak said.
SGA and the College Hill Alliance have partnered with TurboVote, a voting application that helps voters register and track elections.
They are also working with student government groups at Middle Georgia State and Wesleyan colleges to hold a concert in Mercer Village and a fair featuring booths for representatives of all candidates seeking office in November, as well as political groups from each school. The organizers are reaching out to high schools as well.
Acoustic musician Ben Rector is scheduled to headline the event, which will begin at 8 p.m. Sept. 19.
Wozniak, a junior, ran last year on a platform of engaging students more in the Macon community. He said he hopes the event will help achieve that end by linking students to local groups and issues. “We will have students from different colleges and high schools mingling with each other, listening to a good band and getting the word out about how important it is to register to vote.”
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