Student Voters Size Up CSA Candidates
Candidates share their platforms with students
February 22, 2006 12:18 PM
About 50 students attended a meeting that showcased four candidates running for the California State Assembly and the California State Senate.
The event was co-hosted by the SF State College Democrats and the SF State Political Science Student Association (PSSA) on Feb. 14 at 12:30 p.m. in the Rosa Parks room. It featured District 12 Assembly candidates, Fiona Ma and Janet Reilly, and District 8 Senate candidates, Mike Nevin, and a representative for Leland Yee. The meeting gave students the opportunity to ask the candidates tough questions and be familiar with their platforms.
“This was an important way for the candidates to get their message across to some of their most passionate constituents,” said Adrian Covert, president of the PSSA, and one of the organizers of the event.
Covert added that the event was a great way for students to get to know the candidates as neighbors and real people instead of “shadowy figures in Washington or Sacramento.”
Ma, however, received the toughest line of questioning when a student confronted her about her voting record on tenants' rights issues. Ma is currently representing District 4 on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
“I thought she was very well poised with the person who was drilling her,” Bard said.
Speakers touched on some of the major issues that will be addressed in this year’s election. While all the speakers touched on healthcare, education spending and budget deficits, all four emphasized certain aspects of these issues.
Yee’s representative, Erich Albrecht, highlighted pushes for alternative energy sources, such as wind and tides. He pointed out that if Yee is elected, he will be the first Chinese American ever to sit on the California State Senate.
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