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Senate Hopeful Talks Pizza, Politics

February 1st, 2008 by mopns · No Comments

Media Credit: Jamie Ford

Former Governor Bob Holden hosted Kevin Gunn for a pizza and politics lecture Jan. 23 in the Sunnen Lounge. Gunn is currently campaigning for the Missouri state senate on the Democratic ticket

From The Journal (Webster University)

By Amber Russell

Kevin Gunn, a Democratic candidate for the 15th District Missouri Senate seat, spoke with Webster University students Jan. 24 about his political views on various subjects. Gunn, also a member of the Webster Groves City Council, focused on higher education, scientific research, bi-partisanship and health care. Gunn was invited to talk politics at the Pizza and Politics event held by Holden Public Policy Forum in the University Center Sunnen Lounge.

Gunn spoke briefly about education, stating his two main goals for education reform in Missouri were access and affordability.

“We have to create access for those seeking a higher education,” Gunn said. “Webster University, with its worldwide campuses, is a great example of bringing education to the people in the community rather than the other way around, which is the way some universities operate.”

Local leaders in state and city government also attended the series and had questions for Gunn.

“Are you for academic freedom?” said Marion Cairns, former state representative and member of the University of Missouri board of curators.

Academic discussion by academics needs to be fostered in order for that freedom to take place, Gunn said.

“It’s ridiculous to think that 34 people in Jefferson City, who are not academics, should dictate to educational institutions how to govern themselves,” Gunn said.

Gunn is running against Republican candidates Eric Schmitt and Jim Avery. Read more…

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