Political Candidates to Take Part in Candidates Day at SHU

News Story: March 1, 2010

Participants include U.S. Senate candidates Linda McMahon (R) Merrick Alpert (D) and John Mertens (I), U.S. Representative Jim Himes (D), Secretary of the State and Attorney General candidate Susan Bysiewicz (D), gubernatorial candidates Tom Foley (R) and Dan Malloy (D) and many others

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Sacred Heart University's Department of Government and Politics along with student organizations, College Democrats and College Republicans, will host Candidates Day on Tuesday, April 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. at University Commons. Members of the community are welcome and the event is free.
 
Candidates Day will gather an array of political candidates from the gubernatorial and senatorial races to those running for the U.S. House of Representatives, constitutional offices and the state legislature. Each candidate will be given a booth where students and members of the public can meet and greet the respective candidates.
 
Former WWE CEO Linda McMahon (R), who is running for the U.S. Senate, will be among those in attendance on Candidate Day. She is also a trustee of the University. Other scheduled guests include U.S. Representative Jim Himes (D), businessman and U.S. Senate candidate Merrick Alpert (D), Secretary of the State and Attorney General candidate Susan Bysiewicz (D), former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland and gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley (R), former Stamford Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Dan Malloy (D) and many others.
 
Also appearing will be Robert Russo (R), who is running for the 4th U.S. Congressional District, and Chris DeSanctis (R), who is seeking a seat in Connecticut House legislature in the 132nd District, which encompasses the Town of Fairfield. Both are also adjunct professors for SHU’s Department of Government and Politics.
 
Gary Rose, Ph.D, chairman of Sacred Heart University’s Department of Government and Politics, said this year is an exciting time to be a political observer in the Nutmeg State due to so many open seats and no apparent frontrunner in some races.
 
"It is an opportunity to re-engage Sacred Heart University in the political process," said Dr. Rose. "There are so many open and competitive seats this year and there is no forgone conclusion in any of them so it brings a new level of excitement to the process."

Both Gov. M. Jodi Rell (R) and long-time U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd (D) are retiring. Earlier this year, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D) jumped into the U.S. Senate race, leaving his seat without the power of an incumbent for the first time in almost two decades. Also, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D) who won the 4th District seat in 2008 during a presidential election, is up for re-election for the first time.
 
Dr. Rose said Candidates Day is an opportunity to “reinvigorate” a rich tradition at SHU of bringing the political process to campus. During his early years at SHU in the 1980s, Dr. Rose said Candidates Day was an annual event and now hopes to bring back the yearly practice.
 
Dr. Rose is a renowned political scientist, and is the author of several books on Connecticut politics and the American presidency. In addition to his published works, Dr. Rose is a frequent political commentator for the national, state and local media.