By Heidi Elvin

Eastgate Christian Academy

On Thursday morning, October 11, our senior class was very fortunate to have attended the Lewiston/Auburn Chamber of commerce meeting at the Ramada Inn. The four gubernatorial candidates were invited to debate issues that our state is presently facing. John Baldacci, unable to attend, communicated by phone from Washington. The audience learned that he was in Washington for the day voting on the Iraq resolution that was later passed by the House.

As expected, there were many differing opinions among the candidates. Our assignment, as students of Current Events and communications, was to detail and critique how each presented themselves as politicians and public speakers. We were especially pleased to have an opportunity to speak to several of the candidates present. As new voters in this year’s election, we found the event to be very interesting and informative, later finding ourselves involved in our own debate on who should be elected our next Governor.

“Hats off” to Neo Kraft Signs of Lewiston for petitioning the Chamber of Commerce on our behalf and allowing us to be a small part of what turned out to be an overflow crowd of over 300 area business men and women. Now, we can say with a sort of personal insight—“SEE YOU AT THE POLLS!”

Editor’s note: Unfortunately, we were not able to publish this article prior to election day.

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