Kendall Campus To Host Final National Democratic Debate

Miami Dade College will be hosting the sixth and final National Democratic debate on March 9, 2016.

It is scheduled to take place at the Kendall Campus, 11011 S.W. 104 St., gymnasium in building 7. The debate will be  organized by the National Democratic Committee in partnership with Univision News and The Washington Post; it will be the only Democratic debate held in Florida.

“It’s a heck of a coup for the college and something that will bring it positive national and international exposure,“ said Juan Mendieta, director of communications at the College.

The debate will be broadcast on the Univision Network from coast to coast starting at 9 p.m. ET, according to a Univision press release.   

Miami Dade College has been at the epicenter of several political events and visits in recent years — President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have visited the College.  

Kendall Campus is the largest of all nine MDC’s campuses and learning centers across the county — with more than 50,000 students currently enrolled. The debate will be important among the Hispanic vote with more than 1.63 million residents living in Miami-Dade county alone, according to data obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau.

At Kendall Campus, Hispanics account for 78.4 percent of the student body. Black, non-Hispanic students make up 9.3 percent of the whole. White, non-Hispanics students stand at 8.2 percent.

The Hispanic electoral vote could be a decisive factor in the upcoming election cycle because of the growing numbers. As of October 2014, there were 1,736,769 Hispanic registered voters in the state of Florida, according to data from the Florida Department of State Division of Elections. According to the Pew Hispanic Center research the demographic makes up 23 percent of the state. Nation-wide, Pew’s latest statistics show there are 54 million Hispanics in the United States, comprising 17.1 percent of the total U.S. population.

Currently, there are no tickets being issued for the event, according to the NDC headquarters in Washington D.C.

Brayan Vazquez

Brayan Vazquez, 20, is computer science and computer network major at North Campus. Vazquez will serve as a forum writer and photographer for The Reporter during the 2014-2015 school year. He aspires to be a tech-based entrepreneur and revolutionize the way kids learn in this new technological era.

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