UMass Amherst Student Government Association to Host Gubernatorial Candidate Deval Patrick Oct. 31

Tim Murray, candidate for lieutenant governor also to appear

AMHERST, Mass. – The Student Government Association (SGA) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will host Democratic gubernatorial candidate Deval Patrick and his running mate for lieutenant governor, Tim Murray, at a “Fresh Start for Massachusetts” community meeting Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 3 p.m. in the Curry Hicks Cage. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Patrick and Murray will discuss their views on education, health care and the economy in Massachusetts. They will speak and answer questions in an open forum.

SGA President Elvis Mendez says, “We are excited to host these candidates and to discuss their stand on public higher education in Massachusetts.” Mendez says he invited all the major candidates for governor to speak on campus, but has not received replies from the campaigns of Republican Kerry Healey, Green-Rainbow Party candidate Grace Ross or independent candidate Christy Mihos.

Mendez says, “We see this as a way to engage students in the political process. Over the past three weeks, a coalition of students and faculty has registered over 1,600 students to vote in Massachusetts, and we’ve mailed in hundreds of absentee ballot requests. As tuition and fees skyrocket and the numbers of faculty stagnate, students are increasingly concerned about the future of public higher education in our state. We anticipate that these concerns will be translated into action in the upcoming election.”