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San Francisco Mayoral Candidate Forum on Service

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May 5, 2011
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

University of San Francisco
McLaren Conference Center


The University of San Francisco's Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good is pleased to announce a partnership with buildOn, a national non-profit organization, to host a forum featuring the candidates running for mayor of San Francisco on Thursday, May 5.

The forum will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the McLaren Conference Center, and include candidates Michela Alioto-Pier, John Avalos, David Chiu, Bevan Dufty, Tony Hall, Dennis Herrera, Joanna Rees, Phil Ting, and Leland Yee. Attendance is free and the public is encouraged to attend. The San Francisco Chronicle and KQED News are the media sponsors for this political forum.

Modeled on the 2008 Presidential Candidate Forum on Service, the Mayoral Forum at USF will enable the candidates to address substantive questions about the future of service and engaged citizenship in San Francisco. Candidates will be asked how to increase trust in local governmental institutions and social trust within our communities, revitalize local democracy, and ensure that San Francisco becomes a city of service. The forum will be moderated by Corey Cook, assistant professor in the USF Department of Politics and will include questions from youth participating in buildOn and McCarthy Center service programs.

The Forum on Service represents a partnership between the University of San Francisco and buildOn. USF and buildOn have a shared vision of the capacity of service to engage and empower young people in service of the common good.

"Co-hosting a mayoral forum is a fitting project for USF and buildOn because it will engage high school and college students, as well as the greater community, into the process of local politics," said Corey Cook. "We are looking forward to a substantive discussion with the mayoral candidates about issues affecting education and service in our communities."

"USF and buildOn have many overlapping ideals, and a similar vision for how service empowers young people," explained buildOn's Catarina Schwab, vice president in California. "We are thrilled to partner on this service-themed event so early in the campaign season."

Complimentary parking is available (first-come, first-served) to forum attendees in the Koret parking structure on the corner of Turk and Parker.

For questions about this event, please contact Anne-Marie Devine at 415.422.2697 or abdevine@usfca.edu.

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Written by Anne-Marie Devine