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Candidates forum for kids

January 24, 2013 · Updated 9:20 AM

Why ask the candidates for county council about the CAO or the role of the new county manager when you ask them what kind of pizza they like? Or what’s their favorite song? Or can they get rid of homework? These could be the kind of questions asked at the Candidates Forum for Kids on Jan. 28 at the Funhouse.

Kate Hansen, campaign manager for the Ayers campaign and former business manager of the Funhouse, came up with the inspired idea: an afternoon with candidates Greg Ayers, Lisa Byers, and Rick Hughes. All three campaigns jumped at the chance to have a Q&A with the island’s youngest constituents.

“We thought this could be a fun, educational experience for the children in our after school program,” says Krista Bouchey, program director of The Funhouse Commons.

While the under-18 group can’t vote, any election offers excellent teaching moments: how elections work, what democracy means, the value of leadership.

Engaging children in politics helps them understand the world and their place in it, and starts to shift their thinking from “me” to “we,” says the Funhouse. For the young people attending this event, this could be their first experience of meeting a candidate and tracking how that person becomes one of their representatives.

The event will be at the Funhouse on Monday, Jan. 28 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Krista Bouchey at 376-7177.

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