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What UNT Democrats and Republicans are doing ahead of the election

What UNT Democrats and Republicans are doing ahead of the election

September 21
05:28 2016

This election cycle has seen some tactics and strategies that haven’t been seen before on both party sides. Although the election is over a month away, now is the time for both political clubs at UNT to gain support for their candidates.

The College Democrats, a club geared toward spreading democratic ideals and helping the community. Their meetings are held every other Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Wooten Hall with 30 active members.

Their first meeting was headed by  Jacob Romee, president of the College Democrats.

“Our platform this year is focusing significantly on our local races,” Romee said. “We have candidates like Evan Stone and Connor Flanagan that could win local seats that we desperately need to affect change locally.”

Evan Stone, running for Judge of the 393rd District Court in Denton County, is one of the many local representatives that the club is focusing its efforts to ensure that the election body knows about.

Media surrounding the two candidates leaves little room for members to focus on their own candidates such as those at home that will take issues to D.C.

Donkey Fest, a fundraiser that aims to update the public on the election as well as raise awareness on the importance of voting, featured Texas Democrat John Cook, candidate for Texas land commissioner, as the speaker.

“Last week, we had Evan come to our meeting and attended the Donkey Fest for Denton County as volunteers,” Romee said.

The main goal for the club, he said, is to make the election year more local for all students on campus and to whoever they can reach.

“Local politics can create instant change in our lives as students and citizens of Denton County,” Romee said. “We want to change our local politics to reflect the actual electorate of the students who live here, and that comes with being informed, and voting.”

College Democrats is trying to get members more active in the polling process, organizing a viewing of the debates, and most importantly, registering people to vote.

The club aims to increase the amount of voters, no matter what party affiliation the students are.

Large amounts of potential voters are forced to sit out and cannot partake in voting due to inadequate information given out or no knowledge of the deadline for registration. By having tables set up every Thursday, the club hopes to decrease the gap.

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