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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

St. Mary's College to Host Forum with Steny Hoyer and Charles Lollar - 10/29/2010

The Center for the Study of Democracy and the St. Mary's County Branch of the NAACP will cosponsor a candidates forum between Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Republican challenger Charles Lollar on Friday, October 29th. The Forum will be held at St. Mary's College of Maryland and will be moderated by Dr. Todd Eberly, Interim Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy and Wayne Scriber, President of the St. Mary's County NAACP.

The forum is set to begin at 6:30 PM, in Auerbach Auditorium in St. Mary's Hall. The event will be open to the press and the public. Though seating will be limited.

Though Majority Leader Hoyer won reelection with 75% of the vote in 2008, the political ground has shifted in 2010.
  • Congressional Quarterly rates the 5th Congressional District a “safe Democratic” seat, but the race gained national attention recently when former presidential adviser and political strategist Dick Morris declared the seat “winnable” and Lollar has been interviewed or featured on several national television and radio programs.
  • Recent news accounts in the New York Times and other outlets have focused on the Republican’s “expanded battlefield” with Democrats defending seats once considered to be safe.
  • In Michigan, John Dingell, Jr., the longest serving Democrat in the House is trailing his Republican opponent and polling below 40%.

Media inquiries can be directed to Todd Eberly, Interim Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy at teeberly@smcm.edu or 240-895-4215.