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New England College Red Carpet for Politics

Debates and political meetings in both Henniker & Concord

With a unique draw for politics and civic engagement, New England College continues to roll out the red carpet for elected officials, candidates, and key thought leaders in the region. In Concord, both Democrat and Republican parties are leveraging the convenient downtown NEC Concord location to host state party gatherings, Senate candidate meetings, House Caucus training, and party platform discussions. At New England College’s main campus in Henniker, gubernatorial, congressional and state senate engagement is happening on a regular basis, giving the small liberal arts college an extra hum of activity and excitement.

“I love having so much access to political candidates,” said Amanda Biundo, a junior at NEC double-majoring in political science and communications. “We get so many opportunities to ask questions and be in front of the movers and shakers. It’s an experience my friends at other colleges don’t have.”

On Wednesday, September 3 @ 3:00 pm, in the Lee Clement Ice Arena, Congressional Candidate Marilinda Garcia and Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Hemingway will visit with New England College students to encourage engagement in the political process and answer common questions related to campaigning. Media are welcome to this event.

On Thursday, September 4 @ 6:00 pm, in the Simon Center Great Room, NEC will host the NH State Senate District 15 Democratic Primary Debate between Kass Ardinger and Dan Feltes. Media are welcome to this event.

“We’re thrilled to provide so many civic engagement opportunities to New England College students,” said Dr. Wayne Lesperance, Professor of Political Science at NEC and Director of the College’s Center for Civic Engagement. “Our campus is a perfect location for candidates and political leaders to meet young people and experience a true New England conversation. Everyone wins when they visit NEC.”