DMPS, Register Host Youth Forum for Presidential Candidates

20190911 YouthVoice YellowIowa’s largest news organization and Iowa’s largest and most diverse school district are partnering to co-sponsor a presidential candidate forum on issues important to students and young voters.

STUDENTS: HOW TO ATTEND

High school and college students from across Iowa are invited to attend the Youth Voice presidential candidate forum. To reserve your spot, simply to a moment a complete our online registration form.

(NOTE: students must complete this form in order to attend.)

Des Moines Public Schools and the Des Moines Register are holding the Youth Voice: The Iowa Caucus at Roosevelt High School on Sunday, September 22.
 
At this time, the following candidates have committed to participate*:

  • U.S. Senator Michael Bennet
  • New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio
  • Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard
  • Congressman Tim Ryan
  • U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders
  • Former Congressman and retired Admiral Joe Sestak
  • Tom Steyer
  • Andrew Yang

“The Des Moines Register is proud to help present a presidential candidates forum that has been organized by young people and is focused squarely on issues of interest to them,” Des Moines Register Executive Editor Carol Hunter said. “We hope the forum will encourage young voters to engage with the presidential campaigns and participate in the Feb. 3 Iowa Democratic or Republican caucuses.”

“This forum is a great opportunity for those seeking our nation’s highest office to address what matters most to our newest voters, and will serve as a reminder that education is critical to addressing every challenge facing our world,” added Superintendent Thomas Ahart of Des Moines Public Schools.

Voting-age high school and college students from across the state will be in attendance at the forum. The event’s format will include opening and closing remarks by each candidate along with questions submitted by the audience. Ahart, Hunter and Register opinion editor Kathie Obradovich will screen and select the questions. Fez Zafar, student body president at Roosevelt High School and the student member of the Iowa Board of Education, will serve as moderator.

The forum will get underway at 9 a.m. on Sunday, September 22. Each candidate will have 30 minutes before the audience for their remarks and responses to questions. Roosevelt High School is located at 4419 Center Street in Des Moines.

Des Moines Public Schools is inviting college and high-school students to attend the event. The Des Moines Register will livestream the forum on DesMoinesRegister.com.

* NOTE: Details on the speaking time for each candidate, along with the addition of any further candidates, will be announced closer to the date of the event.

MEDIA CREDENTIALS
The Des Moines Register is coordinating media credentials for the event. Members of the news media who would like to attend should complete the online form at DesMoinesRegister.com/Credentials.