Local politicians will be on Troy University’s campus Thursday to participate in an open forum debate.
The “Meet the Candidates” event, hosted by the group Students for Social Justice, will have a moderator asking politicians several questions on topics ranging from healthcare to tax policies.
Students for Social Justice was created to promote social equality and educate the community about social issues.
Trey Tallant, a junior liberal studies major from Troy and a member of Students for Social Justice, said the that the event is meant to teach students and community members about the differences between political parties and bring awareness for the importance of voter registration.
“We intend for the event to be bipartisan, with candidates from Republican, Democratic and Libertarian parties represented,” Tallant said.
“ We want to encourage people to be exposed to different political beliefs and raise awareness for registering to vote.”
Two politicians participating in the event are Erick Wright and Joel Williams.
Democrat Erick Wright, a Troy University alumnus, is running for the U.S. House 2nd Congressional District of Alabama.
According to his campaign website, Wright’s platforms include reforming tax codes, protecting the American Dream, looking at the issue of women and pay disparity and improving veteran aid.
Wright will face Martha Roby, the Republican candidate, in the general election on Nov. 4.
Joel Williams, a Troy local, is a Democratic candidate running for Alabama State House Representative for District 89. Williams’ platforms are related to leadership in the community, health care, education and jobs.
Williams will face Alan Boothe, the Republican candidate, in the general election.
“Meet the Candidates,” will be held Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Claudia Crosby Theater.
The event is also open to any local politicians, students and community members who wish to attend the event.
Tallant said that he hopes the event will help those in the community be aware of local politics.
“We want to emphasize how important it is to have a chance to voice your opinions directly to the officials that have a chance to make a difference,” Tallant said.