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Former Presidential Candidate to Speak at Bowdoin

Story posted April 15, 1999

April 8, 1999, BRUNSWICK, Maine -- John Anderson, president of The Center for Voting and Democracy and former Illinois Congressman and Presidential candidate, will be the keynote speaker at an all-day political forum Saturday, April 10, in Druckenmiller Hall at Bowdoin College. The forum is open to the public.

The cost is $10, which includes lunch. Please register by April 5 by phone, 725-3629; fax, 725-3989; or e-mail,

This non-partisan forum, "Can Politics Be Re-Invented," is designed to combat the mistrust and apathy with which many Americans view the political process. The purpose is to get Maine residents involved in forming the political process and give them access to political groups currently working on issues of concern to all residents, regardless of their political affiliation.

In addition to Anderson, scheduled speakers include Nancy Allen of the Green Party of Maine, Mark Lawrence, President of the Maine State Senate, Terry Bouricious of the Vermont State Legislature, George Christie of the Dirigo Alliance and Steve Hill of The Center for Voting and Democracy. Topics will include campaign finance reform, instant run-off voting, proportional representation, Maine's Clean Election Law and issues affecting ballot access to third parties in Maine.

Schedule for April 10 Forum:

8:30 a.m. Coffee/Donuts and Registration

9 a.m. Welcome by Becky Koulouris, Environmental Studies Program, Bowdoin. Introduction of Keynote by John Rensenbrink

9:15 Keynote Address: "Democracy in America: The Vision and the Reality," John Anderson, former Congressman and Presidential Candidate

10 a.m. "Pioneering a More Open Politics: Campaign Finance, Instant Run-off Voting and Grass Roots Mobilizing Terry Bouricious, Vermont State Legislator Steve Blackledge, Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group and New England field organizer

11 a.m. Coffee Break

11:15 a.m. "Public Money and Private Choice: Maine's Clean Election Law" George Christie, Director of Dirigo Alliance and Citizen Leadership Fund Bill Coogan, Maine Civil Liberties Union

12:30 Lunch

1:30 Major Parties, Third Parties and Ballot Access Issues Nancy Allen, Media Coordinator with Maine Green Party Mark Lawrence, President of the Maine State Senate

2:30-3:30 The Long View and Action Steps in the Short Term Steve Hill, Center for Voting and Democracy

3:30-4:30 p.m. Small Groups on topics emerging from the day's discussion.

4:30-5 p.m. Closing

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