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UVI to Host Political Candidates at Open Forums

Oct. 6, 2004 – The University of The Virgin Islands is making it easy for the resident who wants to be a knowledgeable voter this November. Open forums at the St. Croix campus will offer the opportunity to see and hear most local candidates.
The forums, St. Croix Votes – V.I. Election 2004, are at 7 p.m., Oct. 12-14, at the cafetorium.
They will feature senatorial and delegate to congress candidates. Each forum will have a panel and a moderator, and will incorporate audience participation.
The following political candidates are confirmed for the following dates:
Oct. 12 – Senators Douglas Canton, Emmett Hansen, Almando Liburd, Norman Jn Baptiste, Ronald Russell and Usie Richards, as well as Lillana Belardo de Oneal and Craig Barshinger.
Oct. 13 – Rueben Fenton, Oneida Granger, Steve Nisky, Juan Figueroa-Serville, Neville James, Noel Loftus, Michael Thurland and Adelbert Bryan
Oct. 14 – Krim Ballentine, Delegate Donna Christensen, Warren Mosler, Robert McAuliffe, Rhea Dowling, David King, Troy Mason, Michael Monagle and Terrence Nelson
The forums are part of the campus’ Issues and Answers Series organized through the Office of Associate Chancellor Claude Steele.
"We consider the forums to be educational, although they are political by nature," Steele said. The purpose of the forums is three-fold, he added. "It will give the UVI, as well as the St. Croix, community an opportunity to have their questions answered by the candidates so that they can make an informed decision," Steel said. They will also give the candidates an outlet to expand their platforms and the students the opportunity be involved in the political process, he added.
The Student Government Association, the Humanities Division and Golden Key International Honour Society also sponsor St. Croix Votes – V.I. Election 2004. For information call the associate chancellor’s office at 692-4181.
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