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Salem State University 2021 Election Programming

All events are open to the public

The Frederick E. Berry Institute of Politics (Berry IOP) at Salem State University has spent the first month of the semester helping students prepare for the local elections happening across Massachusetts this fall. Through the work of 12 student Voter Registration Ambassadors, the Berry IOP has already helped over 150 students register to vote. With the deadline to register only a week away on October 13, the Berry IOP is turning its attention to helping students become educated voters by hosting a series of events about political topics and debates with candidates for the city of Salem election.

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Redefining Infrastructure: Gender, Race and Rebuilding America

October 8  |  9:30-10:30 am  |  Zoom Webinar - Register Here

Featuring Dr. Nicole Smith, Research Professor and Chief Economist at Georgetown University Center on Education & the Workforce

An Insider’s View of Congress: Consideration of the Biden Economic Plan

October 15  |  12:15-1:30 pm  |  Zoom Webinar - Register Here

Featuring Michael Evans '76, Chief Counsel, U.S. Senate Finance Committee

Salem Mayoral Debate

October 18  |  7:30-9 pm  |  The Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts

Featuring the candidates for Salem's Mayor: Kim Driscoll, current Salem Mayor, and Steve Dibble, current Salem Ward 7 City Councillor. 

Registration is required. Register Here

Salem Ward 7 City Councillor Candidate Forum

October 25  |  6-7:30 pm  |  Starbucks, Viking Cafe

Featuring the candidates for Salem's Ward 7 City Councillor: Francis Riggieri and Andy Valera

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