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QVCC Students Speed Date the Candidates

Released October 12, 2016

Twelve candidates whose names will be on the ballot in November spent this morning answering questions and sharing their views with students at Quinebaug Valley Community College.

Organized by the college’s Student Government Association, Speed Date the Candidates drew over 50 students from business, psychology, and public speaking classes, as well as others who stopped during a break between classes.

The goal of the event, according to SGA President Sondra Adams, was to get students more involved in their communities and in politics in general. “Their voice is needed if they want to see change,” she said. “This event gives them the opportunity to express their concerns to the candidates they will be voting for.”

Questions about college affordability and student loans were high on the list of concerns. Immigration, job growth, healthcare, and the economic issues faced by the State of Connecticut were also on the students’ minds.

Pat Boyd, Democratic candidate for state representative from the 50th district, was happy to spend the morning listening to students’ questions and concerns. “This is a great way to meet college students,” he said.

Other participants included Congressman Joe Courtney (D), Daria Novak (R), and Jonathan Pelto (Green Party), candidates for Second Congressional District; Mae Flexer (D) and John French (R), candidates for state senator for the 29th district; Anne Dauphinais (R) and Christine Rosati-Randall (D), candidates for state representative for the 44th district; Brian Lynch (R) and Danny Rovero (D), candidates for state representative for the 51st district; Ty Perry (Green Party) and Nora Valentine (R), candidates for state representative for the 50th district.

Photo of Joe Courtney and students
Rep. Joe Courtney speaks with students John Ross and Heather Vogt at Speed Date the Candidates, sponsored by the SGA.
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John French, candidate for State Senator (29th district) speaks with student Michael Wetherell.