USUAA to host forum featuring U.S. Congress candidate Alyse Galvin

USUAA will be hosting a forum featuring U.S. Congress candidate, Alyse Galvin, at UAA’s Student Union Den on Oct. 25 from 6 – 8 p.m. Free food and parking will be provided to those in attendance of the forum.

As a lifelong Alaskan, Galvin feels strongly about the current state of Alaska’s public education, as she is advocating to fortify the strength of Alaska’s public schooling by primarily increasing funding and ensuring that Alaskan’s needs are heard and met.

Per Galvin’s campaign website, she is “not running to bring Washington values to Alaska,” but “to bring Alaska’s needs and Alaska’s values to Washington.”

As an Independent candidate, Alyse Galvin won the democratic primary for Alaska’s congressional seat on Aug. 21, garnering more votes than the other candidates in contention combined.

Galvin will be squaring off during midterm elections against incumbent U.S. Rep. Don Young (R) on Nov. 6.

Backed by her strong campaign and passion for Alaskans, Galvin hopes to snatch the throne of Alaska’s lone congressional representative, a position held by Young for 45 years.

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Young was invited to the forum alongside Galvin but did not follow up with USUAA confirming or denying his attendance as of Oct. 19.

Spearheading the initiative to host Galvin’s forum, USUAA senator Teresa Wrobel spoke about the opportunity to have Galvin available to answer the burning questions of students in attendance.

“I think it’s great that UAA is able to have candidates on campus,” Wrobel said. “You read news and stuff [regarding candidates], but when you see them [candidates] in person— like, how they interact— I think that’s also important to see when you’re making a choice.”

Wrobel says that the forum will provide a means of making information about candidates more accessible to the student body.

While USUAA will have their own questions prepared in advance for Galvin, students attending the forum will also be able to ask questions. For those who do not wish to speak via microphone in front of the forum, a phone number will be provided to which students can anonymously text their questions to, and they will be read by a moderator.

Wrobel hopes that USUAA can ensure that UAA is the destination for similar forums in the future.

For those who are unable to attend Galvin’s forum on Oct. 25, USUAA will be providing a live-stream via their Facebook page.