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Voter forum to provide info on state ballot measures


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Graduate students in the Public Policy and Administration program at Sacramento State will host a nonpartisan voter information forum from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the University’s Alumni Center. The forum is designed to promote greater understanding of the November ballot propositions. The event is free and open to the public, and free pizza and beverages will be provided to the first 100 attendees.

Professor Mary Kirlin, chair of Sacramento State’s Department of Public Policy and Administration (PPA), will serve as panel moderator. Kirlin has held several local and state government positions, including serving as chief of staff for the state superintendent of public instruction.

PPA graduate students will provide brief summaries of the ballot measures, followed by a panel discussion. Panelists will include:

  • Professor Edward Lascher, Department of Public Policy and Administration, Sacramento State. His specialty is the policy process, legislative politics and the impact of institutional structures on policy outcomes. He previously taught at Harvard University and worked for two California state agencies.
  • James P. Mayer, president and CEO, California Forward, a bipartisan public interest effort to bolster democracy and improve the performance of government in California. He previously served as the executive director of the Little Hoover Commission and the New California Network. He also worked as a senior writer for The Sacramento Bee.
  • Jennifer S. Pae, project manager of Voter Service and Education, League of Women Voters. She studied at the University of California, San Diego, where she was the first Asian American woman to serve as student body president. She also has held numerous civic engagement positions, including project director for PowerPAC and chief of staff for
  • Kevin Riggs, senior vice president, Randle Communications. He oversees the firm’s strategic communications, media relations and business development initiatives. Previously, Riggs worked for Sacramento’s NBC affiliate KCRA-TV, serving as an anchor and political reporter. Recognized as one of California’s top political journalists, Riggs received many accolades during his 40-year career, including an Emmy.

For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156. – Alan Miller