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Thursday, May 18 • 10:10am - 11:10am
Roundtable on Local Elections: Perspectives on their Decline and Revival

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Local elections, or “down-ballot races” as they are sometimes called, are fast becoming a heated topic on the minds of a growing numbers citizens, advocacy groups, party organizations and campaigners. This session will take on this multi-faceted topic and breakdown the factors that are contributing to the careening decline in participation and moreover, what should be done to reverse the trend. Various perspectives will be approached through a lively roundtable format that will encourage a spirited discussion and audience participation.

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Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat

President and CEO, U.S. Vote Foundation
Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat is dedicated to innovation with purpose. She guides her organization toward a single combined vision and mission: Every Citizen is a Voter. | | As Co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Susan heads the nonpartisan, nonprofit U.S. Vote Fou... Read More →

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Sarah Anzia

Michelle J. Schwartz Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California Berkeley
Sarah Anzia is a political scientist who studies American politics with a focus on state and local government, elections, interest groups, political parties, and public policy. Her book, Timing and Turnout: How Off-Cycle Elections Favor Organized Groups, examines how the timing of elections can be manipulated to affect both voter turnout and the composition of the electorate, which, in turn, affects election outcomes and public policy. She also studies the role of government employees and public-sector unions in elections and policymaking in the U.S. In addition, she has written about the politics of public pensions, women in politics, the historical development of electoral institutions, and the power of political party leaders in state legislatures. Her work has been published in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the... Read More →
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Rod Diridon Jr.

City Clerk and City Auditor, City of Santa Clara
Rod Diridon, Jr. was elected City Clerk for the City of Santa Clara in 2004 and appointed to the additional role of City Auditor in 2007.  As the City Clerk and Auditor, Diridon works with City and community partners to implement Santa Clara’s Helen Putnam Award-winning ethics and community engagement... Read More →
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Melissa Marschall

Professor of Political Science, Rice University
Melissa Marschall, Ph.D., is a professor of political science at Rice University and a Rice faculty scholar at the Baker Institute Center for the Middle East. Her research focuses on urban politics and policy, education policy, political behavior and representation mostly in the... Read More →
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Gail Pellerin

County Clerk, Santa Cruz County Clerk/Elections
Gail Pellerin is the Santa Cruz County Clerk/Registrar of Voters. She was appointed to the position in July 2004 after serving as the county's Elections Manager since 1993. She was elected to her third 4-year term on June 3, 2014. Pellerin has more than 31 years of experience in... Read More →

Thursday May 18, 2017 10:10am - 11:10am
UC Hastings, Room B