SGA presidential candidates set to debate Monday


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A3_SGA_Chuck A3_SGA_ReimersCandidates running for Student Government Association office will be waging a war of words Monday evening at the presidential debates.

SGA President Marie Reimers and running mate Margaret Blackmer will debate opposing candidates – Senate leader Charles Mahone and House leader Mariah Urueta – at 8 p.m. in Anspach 162.

“Students should come to the debates to find out what the candidates' stances are that affect them,” Reimers said.

Aside from the candidates discussing their platforms, they will be answering questions submitted to the SGA Twitter account @CMUSGA, similar to some of the debates held between President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney during the 2012 elections.

Before answering questions from the audience or posed on Twitter, the presidential candidates will answer prepared questions regarding how they will run the office, and the vice presidential running mates will answer questions about how they would be effective as vice president.

"We are going to be representing the student body in the eyes of the community," Mahone said. "Students should go to the debates to see who will represent them the best."

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Both candidates will have two minutes to answer each question. The opposing candidate has the option of a 30-second rebuttal to every question answered.

The debate will run 45 minutes and is open to the public.

Voting for the SGA elections starts March 31 and will end April 4. During that time period, students will vote online at OrgSync through CMU's website.


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