The Push Toward the PrimaryApril 27th, 2012 at 9:40 pm by Eric Halvorson under Eric Halvorson's Blog
High school seniors are invited to attend a series of voter education sessions scheduled for next week. The man in charge of the events, Chuck Ford, calls this “the biggest collection of politicians under one roof ” in the history of the county, if not the first time for such gatherings anywhere in the state of Indiana. He’s attracted candidates and their representatives from the U.S. Senate race down the ballot to the County Council campaign.
Ford is the president of the Tea Party of Hamilton County. He says his organization is “not the typical Tea Party.” His group does not endorse any candidate. Instead, he told me his mission is “citizen activism through education.” That’s why he hopes hundreds of high school seniors attend the evening sessions next week.
If they’ve been studying government, these sessions offer them a chance “to get some experience in the electoral process.” If the students need more than that as motivation, their teachers are offering extra credit to encourage attendance.
The Voter Education Nights will be “low-key,” Ford said. No speeches. Just candidates ready to talk to anyone who walks up to their tables in three school cafeterias. While these gatherings are designed for the students, adults are also welcome to attend.
The first will be Tuesday, May 1 at Carmel High School. Then, Noblesville High School on Wednesday and Westfield High School on Thursday. The doors will be open each night from 6:30-8:30 each evening.
Ford says all of the 5th District candidates for Congress will be at each school.
Senator Richard Lugar has committed to attend the first night, at Carmel High School.
These sessions may lead to new support for the candidates. But, with turnout traditionally low for spring balloting, Ford hopes they “generate some enthusiasm” for the primary.