BU group to meet with legislators in Harrisburg

For immediate release: March 20, 2007

BLOOMSBURG — Members of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Democracy Matters will travel to Harrisburg Tuesday, March 27, for Lobby Day.

Students visiting Harrisburg will discuss the idea of a “clean elections” system to be used as an option for judicial elections. The group will meet with state senators and representatives as well as members of the House Ethics Committee. In a clean elections system, funding is public, rather then private. Supporters of this idea believe that it levels the political playing field, allowing anyone to run, not just those with the biggest bank accounts.

Seven students from the BU chapter will go to Harrisburg: Andrew Bliss, Mechanicsburg, a freshman majoring in geography; Robert Kern, Butler, N.J., a freshman majoring in management; Emily Kinkead, Williamsport, a junior with a dual major in political science and marine biology and president of the local Democracy Matters chapter; Caitlin Kluskiewicz, Nazareth, a sophomore majoring in biology; John Latini, Yardley, a senior majoring in political science; Richard Marzullo, Yardley, is a junior majoring in social work; and Patrick Velliky, Pittsburgh, a junior with a dual major in history and political science.

Democracy Matters is a student-based non-partisan organization that aims to increase awareness of the political process and reform campaign spending.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 18 master’s and one doctoral degree.