In the November 2012 and May 2013 elections, there were a significant number of newly elected members of Congress, the California legislature, and in the local government. On November 4, 2014 there will be more new members elected at the local, state and federal levels. UCLA needs advocates that have strong relationships with these newly elected members. If you have not already, join Bruin Caucus, our volunteer advocacy group. UCLA and the future of higher education (#highered) depends on your participation. Raise Your Voice for Higher Education!
Voter turnout has been decreasing over the past few years. As concerned citizens, we have to reverse this trend. For the November 4 election, it is important that you are registered to vote and that you do vote. If you are not registered, you can register to vote online. The deadline to register in the November election is October 20. Make sure you are registered and encourage others to also register and vote.
Additionally, on October 15, Government & Community Relations will be holding a candidate forum for the 33rd Congressional District. This seat is currently held by Congressman Henry Waxman, who is retiring at the end of this congressional session. The forum will be held at Mira Costa High School and will include Congressional, State Senate, and Assembly candidates in the Beach Cities. It will be co-hosted with League of Women Voters and Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce. The goal of the forum is to provide voters with more information on the candidates and the issues of the 33rd Congressional District, which includes UCLA. Online registration information will be available in the next few weeks.
Also, on Monday, September 29 we will be holding the Sixth Annual UCLA Volunteer Day. This is the largest campus volunteer effort with over 6,000 UCLA students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends engaged in volunteer activities across Los Angeles.
Keith S. Parker
Government & Community Relations
Assistant Vice Chancellor