ROCHESTER, Minn. - Nine candidates running for office at the state and local level came to Rochester Community and Technical College to meet and greet students.
For students Alisha Engen and Sunshine Melone, who will be voting for the first time this midterm election, it was a learning experience. "It's pretty educational because I think prior to that, I never really cared about politics that much. I was pretty cynical about it I guess," says Melone.
"If you want to see a change then you might as well learn about it to make a change," adds Engen.
People running for house representative, first congressional district, state auditor, state secretary, and county comissioner were there to talk with students and answer their questions. The event was organized by RCTC's Student Government.
"It was all about getting students to be informed about making a decision, because regardless of who you vote for, you can't just vote on party lines. You have to be able to find issues that you care about and find candidates who match that," explains Student Senator Prakash Peethambaram.
"A lot of the decisions made by the people elected this cycle will really affect students, particularly education issues, tuition costs, and funding issues, all sorts of things. So it really affects us directly," adds Student Government Treasurer Meghan Jirik.