Correction: A previous version of this story said that attendance was open to the public, but it is only open to Auburn University students with a University ID. The Plainsman was notified of the error and has updated the story to reflect this. We regret the error and apologize to our readers.
Sen. Doug Jones will be visiting Auburn on Wednesday.
The forum will be held in the Mell Classroom Building at 6 p.m. on Oct. 28, according to information released by Auburn University College Democrats.
AUCD and Auburn University College Republicans sent invitations for an “informational student forum” to the state’s two primary Senate candidates, Jones, the incumbent Democrat, and Republican Tommy Tuberville, on Sunday. Jones announced in a Tweet Sunday afternoon that he will be attending the event.
“I’m in! See y’all on The Plains!” Jones tweeted. “Glad I could move a few things around to make it down there! Really looking forward to seeing everyone again.”
Tuberville responded on Monday night that he would not be able to attend the event due to a prior commitment.
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Jones made a similar trip to Auburn last year, visiting on Oct. 8 for an event hosted by Auburn University College Democrats, Lee County Democrats and the Lee County Voters League.
Only Auburn students will be allowed to attend the event to adhere to University COVID-19 guidelines, and an Auburn ID is required for entry. Attendance will be limited to ensure COVID-19 precautions are followed and is first-come, first-served.
Students will be allowed 30 seconds to ask the candidate or candidates a question, and the candidate will then have two minutes to respond. The event will be emceed by Ryan Williamson, Auburn University assistant professor of political science.
“AUCR takes great pleasure in coming together with AUCD to co-host the Alabama Senate candidates in this forum,” said Lydia Maxwell, AUCR president and senior in communications.
The Senate election will take place on Nov. 3, six days after Jones is set to visit campus. Jones won the 2017 special election following the resignation of Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions to become U.S. Attorney General.
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