Giving students the opportunity to register to vote and meet the candidates that are running for Congress and local races, the Class of 2018 will be hosting Candidate Night on Tuesday, May 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria and the gym.

“It’s a great opportunity for people to meet the candidates that are running,” Government teacher Adam Cegavske said. “[By attending,] students will gain the knowledge of how to contact their elected representatives and that we live in the Democratic Republic where our elected officials are accountable to us.”

Out of the 200 candidates invited, 160 have confirmed attendance including Eileen Eady,  who is running for Clark County School District F trustee.

“It is always import to be informed and research what is going on in your local government and vote according to your research and beliefs,” Web Design teacher Denise Snow said. “Students can learn how to ask questions to professional politicians and begin to understand how to stay informed about local government issues that affect them.”

Students who will be turning 18 before the 2018 election in November will also be able to register to vote. However, a photo ID issued by the State of Nevada is required to register.

“I’m going to Candidate Night because it’ll honestly help me learn more about politics since I’m practically clueless and I want to learn more about it,” senior Delmar Bautista said. “I think other students should also attend because you learn how these people may benefit you in the future.”

Candidate Night is open to the general public. Food and drinks will be sold by the Culinary program and clubs that are fundraising, such as SkillsUSA.

“Even though I’m not a senior, I still think people should go,” sophomore Jennifer Shelley said. “Since we are the future, politics are important and it’s also important that we go and meet the people we are voting for, instead of just voting for people because their speech was good or something.”

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