Students to Hold Mock Gubernatorial Debate
October 27, 2006

Media Contact:
Mark Vanderhoek
(478) 301-4037

MACON — Mercer Political Science students will give the University and Macon community a preview of the issues in the Georgia Governor's race when they hold a mock debate at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2, in the Medical School Auditorium on the Macon campus. Students will portray the three candidates on the ballot in the Nov. 7 General Election.
 
The event is free and open to the public.
 
Students from Political Science 336, Campaigns and Elections have spent the first half of the semester studying the candidates' platforms. The students will simulate a debate between gubernatorial candidates Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue, his Democratic opponent Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor and the Libertarian challenger Garrett Michael Hayes. At the conclusion of the debate, members of the audience will get a chance to "vote" on the winner.
 
"This is an exceptional way for students to learn about the political process and we also hope that it can also help to inform the Mercer community and the community at large about this important race," said Gregory Domin, associate professor of political science.
 
About Mercer University:
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University has 7,300 students; 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies; major campuses in Macon and Atlanta; four regional academic centers across the state; a university press; teaching hospitals in Macon and Savannah; an educational partnership with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta; an engineering research center in Warner Robins; a performing arts center in Macon; and a NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit
www.mercer.edu.
 
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