September 29, 2006

Event set to draw election candidates

Featured Image

This rendering shows VUH’s third bed tower, to be built atop the Emergency Department.

Event set to draw election candidates

A “Meet the Candidates” community picnic at noon Oct. 6 on Vanderbilt University's Olin Lawn is geared to introduce candidates for the Tuesday, Nov. 7, state general election to one of the state's largest voting constituencies.

Vanderbilt boasts a collective vote of 18,000 staff and their families.

Middle Tennessee candidates on the ballot, including those for the U.S. Senate, governor and area legislative races, have been invited to speak in Vanderbilt's “public square” during the event, expected to be one of the area's largest political gatherings prior to the election.

"Voting is our most important obligation as citizens," said Michael Schoenfeld, vice chancellor for Public Affairs.

"We encourage all members of the Vanderbilt community to attend this event so they can become better informed about the candidates and issues that will be on the ballot in just a few weeks."

Candidates are invited from the counties in which Vanderbilt's employees reside, including Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Maury, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson.

In the event of rain, the location will be moved to the Memorial Practice Gym.

Voter registration will be available at the picnic, sponsored by Vanderbilt's Office of Community, Neighborhood and Government Relations in the Division of Public Affairs.

Audio of the candidates' remarks will be posted on VUCast (, the news and information site of Vanderbilt University.

The Davidson County Election Commission Early Voting Site opens Wednesday, Oct. 18, and all other early voting sites will be open Oct. 23-Nov. 2.