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Walk2Vote, Candidate Meet & Greet Highlight Day of Civic Engagement


By Mike Emery

The University of Houston-Downtown set the standard for civic engagement when it launched Walk 2 Vote nearly a decade ago. And in recent years, the twice-a-year stroll to the polls has been complemented by a Candidate Meet & Greet featuring roundtable discussions with candidates running for local, state and national offices.

This spring, UHD continues its tradition of motivating Houstonians to (literally) exercise their right to vote one step at a time.

Both Walk2Vote and the Candidate Meet & Greet are scheduled for Feb. 26 on campus.

The day of civic engagement will kick off at 9 a.m. with the Candidate Meet & Greet in UHD’s Milam Room (A300) hosted by the Center for Public Deliberation.

Scheduled candidates include those running for:

  • U.S. Senate
  • U.S. House Districts 2, 8, 9 and 18
  • Texas House of Representatives
  • Texas Senate
  • State Board of Education
  • Texas Railroad Commission
  • Harris County Department of Education Board of Trustees
  • Harris County District Attorney
  • Harris County Sherriff
  • Harris County Commissioner Precinct 1 and 3
  • Harris County Tax Assessor
  • Justice for Court of Appeals
  • Judges for District Court
  • Texas Supreme Court.

A complete list of participating candidates is available online.

Following roundtable conversations with candidates, attendees will assemble on UHD’s South Deck for entertainment, refreshments and to prepare for Walk2Vote. Presented by UHD’s Student Government Association, the Walk2Vote celebration begins at noon with the actual procession to downtown polls at 1019 Congress Ave.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.