USF St Pete students sign up to intern with Mayoral and City Council Candidates listen05/12/09 Seán Kinane
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Today students in a University of South Florida St. Petersburg political science course met with candidates for mayor and city council. Each student will intern with a campaign during the summer course in practical politics.
On their first day of class Tuesday, USF St. Pete students met with four candidates for city council, six candidates for mayor, or their campaign staffs to decide which one would be the best fit for an internship. Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan is an Assistant professor of government.
Scourfield McLauchlan has taught other courses with a campaign internship component and expects that her students will learn more about how their city works in addition to learning about politics.
Mayoral candidates Jamie Bennett, Kathleen Ford, Deveron Gibbons, Scott Wagman, Bill Foster, and Larry Williams each gave a five minute speech about how interns could get involved in their campaign. So did City Council candidates Steve Kornell and Derrick Frohne, and representatives for candidates Karl Nurse and Angela Rouson. Students met with candidates to decide which campaign was the best match. Carlos Castro is a junior who has decided to work on Steve Kornell’s campaign for City Council district 5, the south St. Petersburg district currently held by Jamie Bennett.
Senior Shannon Love took practical politics in the fall and will be doing field research with a campaign this summer. Love says that she and the other students are looking for experience working on a campaign, but there are also other reasons why she is leaning toward an internship with Scott Wagman’s campaign for Mayor.
Former St. Petersburg City Council member Kathleen Ford is running for Mayor. She looks forward to adding one or more interns from USF St. Pete to her campaign. “Well, it was very exciting,” Ford said.
The St. Pete primary election is September 1st and the general election is November 3rd.