Election 2002: California’s Race for Governor –
High School Students Debate and Vote in Mock Elections - October
On November 5, 2002, voters in California will go to the polls to determine who will be our state’s next governor. The major party candidates are Governor Gray Davis, a Democrat, and challenger Bill Simon, a Republican. Find out what the parties have to say about the issues young people care about from education to public safety to how California should deal with its large budget deficit. This meeting with representatives from the campaigns will enable students to make informed “voting” decisions as they learn more about the candidates who seek to lead the state over the next four years. Following the meeting, students will vote in mock elections. Written materials developed for these meetings will assist teachers in the classroom in simulating the voting experience as closely as possible.