President Marcy moderates election reform panel

Dominican University of California President Mary B. Marcy served as moderator for a panel discussion on election reform on April 4 in front of a capacity crowd in Guzman Lecture Hall.

California Congressman Jared Huffman hosted the forum with special guest Connecticut Congressman John B. Larson, Chairman of the Task Force on Election Reform.

President Marcy, a political scientist with a Doctorate of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy from the University of Oxford, is conducting ongoing research on women in American politics. Last April, she was moderator of a 90-minute debate at Angelico Hall featuring all 12 candidates on the 2012 primary ballot for Second Congressional District.

In addition to Congressmen Huffman and Larson, Phillip Ung, Policy Advocate for Common Cause; Emily Rusch, State Director of CALPRIG; Sonoma State University Professor David McCuan, Consultant LeeAnn Pelham, and Susan Rouder of the Marin County League of Women Voters joined President Marcy on stage for Thursday’s forum. Students from Dominican, College of Marin and Sonoma State University, along with community leaders, attended and participated in discussion about how special interests have the ability to spend unlimited amounts of money without disclosure to try to influence government.