Sac State, students team to bring mayoral debate to campus
In a signature moment underscoring its role as the Capital University, Sacramento State played host Monday, May 9, to a televised debate among the three front-runners for mayor of Sacramento: City Councilwoman Angelique Ashby, former boxing champion Tony Lopez, and former state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg. The date coincided with the first day absentee ballots were mailed to voters for the June 7 election.
The hourlong debate in the University Union Ballroom was co-sponsored by Associated Students Inc., ABC 10, The Sacramento Bee and Capital Public Radio. Topics ranged from the economy and jobs to public safety, affordable housing, homelessness, schools, redevelopment, gun ownership, medicinal marijuana, neighborhood services, and much more.
ABC 10 anchor and Sac State alumna Cristina Mendonsa moderated the debate, with ASI Vice President Aryn Fields, CapRadio’s Bob Moffitt, and The Bee’s Kevin Yamamura questioning the candidates. Students were invited to submit questions in advance on issues affecting the campus community.
“It was an honor to host the Sacramento mayoral debate with our students and media partners. Civic engagement and civil discourse are at the heart of every university,” said President Robert S. Nelsen, who joined ASI President Melissa Bardo in welcoming the candidates, media, and audience. “I am proud our students took a leading role in the event.”