Congressional candidate to visit campus

Congressional candidate Brad Bookout will visit Ball State today to speak with students and members of the public.

The event is hosted by the University Democrats and will take place at 4 p.m. in L.A. Pittenger Student Center Cardinal Hall A. Bookout will deliver a short speech and answer questions about his campaign.

"We like to actually put a face with a name," said Nolan Born, a senior political science major and president of University Democrats. "Students always tell me the reason they don't vote is because they don't know the candidates. [This is an] opportunity for students to actually meet with the candidates and ask them questions and find out their stance, and hopefully realize that who they vote for actually does matter."

Bookout is seeking to represent Indiana's sixth congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives, a seat that has been filled for nearly a decade by current-gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence.

If elected, Bookout would act on behalf of the residents of 18 counties in eastern Indiana, including Delaware County. According to data from the 2010 U.S. Census, the total population of this area is about 700,000.

According to a press release and the candidate's website, Bookout is a Ball State and Harvard University alumnus, who has previously served with the Delaware County Council.

Born said students shouldn't be hesitant to attend the "meet and greet."

"When we bring a candidate onto campus, they're coming on to our turf," Born said. "I look at it as more pressure on them; they have to appeal to students, not the other way around. Students who meet a candidate in a public place shouldn't feel nervous about going and shouldn't feel nervous about asking questions. That's what they're there for, to represent you and care about the issues you care about."  


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