MAT-SU — A full house attended the annual candidates forum at Matanuska-Susitna College Oct. 4.
Present at the forum were Susan Parsons Herman (2012 Democratic candidate for District 5 ), Sen. Charlie Huggins, Rep. Mark Neuman, Pam Rahn (House District 10), Rep. Wes Keller, Sen. Fred Dyson, Jamey Duhamel (Democratic candidate for House District 6), Lynn Gattis (Republican candidate for House District 9), Blake Merrifield (Democratic candidate for House District 9), Click Bishop (Republican candidate for District 3), Rep. Shelley Hughes and Rep. Eric Feige, along with the president of the Coalition of Student Leaders, Shauna Thornton and Rose Ebue, UAA student and student government volunteer.
Mat-Su’s student government president Denise Reeves moderated the forum. Passionate issues were addressed, including the economy, road infrastructure, and health issues such as abortion and suicide.
“The University of Alaska seeks opportunities to serve local communities as a ‘public square,’” Mat-Su College director Talis Colberg said. “The Matanuska-Susitna College of UAA took a step forward in fulfilling that goal on Thursday when it hosted a legislative candidate forum. Several of the candidates indicated they had taken classes at this school. We are happy to not only host our leaders, but proud to have played a role in their own education. We look forward to similar events in the future, eventually in a theater better suited to both the audience and the candidates.”