Young people will get to ask the questions of Merced’s four mayoral candidates during a forum Thursday.
About a third of Merced residents are younger than 18, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Merced’s college-aged population is also expected to grow as UC Merced looks to increase its enrollment to 10,000 students by 2020.
Organizers said the questions will cover investment in youths, safe and clean parks and youth recreation, access to healthy food and neighborhood safety.
The percent of Merced residents younger than 18
The forum will highlight the interest of young people and their willingness to participate in local and civic government, organizers said.
All four mayoral candidates have confirmed they plan to participate, organizers said.
In recent years, particularly during budget review season, advocates for young people have approached Merced’s mayor and council and asked for more funding for youth recreation and job-training programs.
The forum is an opportunity for young voters to learn about the candidates’ priorities, their ideas about issues that are important to youths and how they plan to hear from young people if elected, according to a news release.
Mayoral forum focused on youths
Hosted by Building Healthy Communities of Merced and the Merced Organizing Project
When: 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: Yosemite High School library, 1900 G St., Merced