(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 10/20/2022) – On Tuesday, Oct. 25, the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK), along with community partners, will host its inaugural Candidate Open House, a meet-and-greet event featuring candidates for local and state offices.
WHAT: Candidate Open House
WHERE: Mercy Mission Building, 3840 St. Clair Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73112
WHEN: Tuesday, October 25, 6 p.m.
EVENT LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/842521743580866/
In partnership with Let’s Fix This Oklahoma and Oklahoma Generation Citizen, CAIR-OK invited candidates from county-wide offices, as well as for the state House of Representatives and state Senate, to attend and meet their potential constituents in a science-fair style event.
“Rather than a debate, where face-to-face contact with candidates is limited, we want to give participants time to meet with a candidate, hear from them on a variety of issues and ask questions,” said CAIR-OK Deputy Director Veronica Laizure. “We hope that this format will allow for a better opportunity to get to know candidates for elected offices.”
She noted that earlier this week, CAIR’s national office in Washington, D.C., urged American Muslims to check their voter registration status and vote early when and where possible.
“Our young people are eager to learn and participate in their communities,” said Amy Curran, Executive Director of Oklahoma Generation Citizen. “This Candidate Open House provides a safe and accessible place for people to meet the candidates and ask questions about how each candidate plans to represent their community.”
“Voters want to be engaged in the political process but often find politicians to be distant and disconnected,” said Andy Moore, CEO at Let’s Fix This. “We believe that holding an open house begins to change that dynamic and assists people build meaningful relationships with their elected officials. “
The event is free and open to the public, with community standards that include prohibitions on the use of abusive language, arguments, or harassment of candidates or other participants.
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
Generation Citizen’s mission is to build an education movement that equips and inspires young people to transform our democracy. We envision a world in which young people are at the forefront of creating a more just, participatory and inclusive democracy with greater equity in representation and outcomes.
Let’s Fix This is an Oklahoma-based nonpartisan organization that promotes voting and provides civic infrastructure for the nonprofit advocacy community.
CONTACT: Veronica Laizure, CAIR-OK Deputy Director, vLaizure@cair.com, 405-430-9877; Amy Curran, Oklahoma Generation Citizen Executive Director, email@example.com, 405-206-8898; Andy Moore, CEO at Let’s Fix This, firstname.lastname@example.org, 405-361-2027