Henry Ford Community College (HFCC) and the League of Women Voters of Dearborn-Dearborn Heights will host the 9th Annual Michigan Student Political Issues Convention Friday, Oct. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Andrew A. Mazzara Administrative Services & Conference Center on the main campus.
A number of elected officials will attend the convention, including U.S. Congressman John D. Dingell, Lt. Governor Brian Calley, Dearborn Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. and Dearborn Heights Mayor Daniel S. Paletko. Debbie Dingell – the president of D2 Strategies, chairwoman of the Manufacturing Initiative of the American Automotive Policy Council, a national Democratic strategist and a member of the Democratic National Committee – will give the keynote address.
The purpose of this convention is to foster democratic political engagement and to help reverse the trends in the lack of political engagement among young voters. Research shows that there continues to be a dramatic decline in youth political participation in every category, which poses a threat to the democratic process. If citizens fail to become politically engaged by their mid-20s, studies shows that they will not become engaged whatsoever.
Attendance is free and students can sign in on-site. For further information, contact Ryan Yahrmatter at (313) 845-6361 or firstname.lastname@example.org.