COLUMN: Muncie politics ignored by campus

I am very proud to be part of the University Democrats. I like to be involved with projects or groups who want to accomplish things that mean something and are not just a name.

Groups that actually have beliefs and morals and stand by them ? it is really a novel idea. That's why I like the UDEMs. When we set our minds to something, it actually gets done. For example, earlier in the semester, we had a voter registration drive. Now we may not be a huge group, but we had people participate not because we forced them but because they actually wanted to, and believed in the project. I think that is fantastic. Voter registration is a crucial part of the election process, and I am happy to say that I helped the process along. I know all of the UDEMs are too.

And so this is why I write my article. Not very many students pay attention to local Delaware County politics, especially on the Ball State campus, but we really should. A lot of Delaware County or Muncie political decisions affect the Ball State community, but we as a student body stand idly by.

So the UDEMs are trying to do something about it. We are having a Meet and Greet session for Mel Fox at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Student Center, Cardinal Hall. Community members are also invited, so we hope to have a big turnout. Fox is running for the House of Representatives, 6th District (formerly 2nd District). Fox is currently the Vice Chairperson and Decatur County representative on the 2nd District Democratic Committee. She has served the past eight years on the Federal Farm Board, representing Indiana in Washington.

Melina Fox is the Democratic Party-endorsed candidate who is running against incumbent Rep. Mike Pence. She wants to bring Indiana issues to Washington, following values like quality of life, cherishing our children and embracing the elderly, just to name a few. If you would like to find out more about Fox, check out her website, You can find out everything pertaining to her campaign.

I think that if you are interested in politics at all, you should come meet Fox. Come find out how she stands on issues and ask some questions. It should prove to be an interesting night. Whether you are Republican or Democrat, come support the election process and meet Fox. Have a great rest of the week and Happy Thanksgiving!

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