September 14, 2010

Vanderbilt University Hosts Candidates Picnic Thursday, Sept. 16, 11:30 a.m.

Vanderbilt University will host this year’s Candidates Picnic on Olin Lawn, on Thursday, Sept. 16, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Candidates from the 13-county Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area, and all statewide candidates for public office, have been invited. More than 1,000 Vanderbilt University faculty, staff and students attended the 2008 Candidates Picnic.

Vanderbilt’s Candidates Picnic has become a tradition over the past decade. Candidates join members of the greater Vanderbilt community, gathering for a free picnic lunch, a live Dixieland jazz band, and discussions about current events and issues of the day.

Candidate literature will be distributed. Each candidate will have the opportunity to speak. In this regard, the 2010 elections have especially serious implications for the future of Tennessee’s state government. Tennesseans will elect a new governor, State House and Senate, and a new U.S. House of Representatives delegation in November.

To the election winners will fall the responsibility to use the 2010 Census to reapportion and redraw both State and Federal legislative districts. Several State and Federal races during the August primary were decided by less than 1 percent. There are 17 State Senate seats up for election. All 99 State House seats are on the ballot.

With such high stakes, Vanderbilt’s Candidates Picnic promises to be colorful. In the case of rain, the Vanderbilt basketball practice gym will serve as the alternate location.