An audience of about 400 will be in attendance as the two Democrats and three Republicans meet in the campaign’s first debate.
About half of the audience will be UOP students and faculty.
According to Pacific President Pamela Eibeck, for most of the students, it will be the first time they can vote.
“They recognize that this person is going to have a significant impact, and it really is the first time in their lives that they’ve been able to participate in such an important race for the State of California and of course, the nation,” Eibeck says.
Eibeck also says there has been an increased effort to register students to vote. Last week brought 100 new student registrations.
She says the decision to stage the debate in the Central Valley is an excellent one given the area’s diverse population.