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Doctor Goes Back To College

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Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Mar 18 2014 8:29 AM

Midland City, AL - Army veteran and family doctor Jennifer Marsden returned to the collegiate lecture hall today, but was standing in front of the class this time. The Democratic Party candidate for Alabama State House in District 93 was a guest speaker today, and will be again tomorrow, at Wallace Community College. She will be addressing students of Dr. Martha Norman's Political Science 211 course (American National Government) and specifically discussing what motivated her to run for office and her platform as well as the new Voter ID rules and her campaign plan.


"This is a great way to inject some real world experiences into the classroom," said Marsden. "Hopefully, my presentation helped these students better appreciate the intricacies of the political process and participate in the political process in a more informed manner."


The students and Dr. Norman discussed crop subsidies for non-commodity plants such as strawberries and lettuce, with one student addressing it from the point of view of his family farm and others considering the high cost of healthy food. Other topics in this lively interaction included the high cost of health insurance, Medicaid expansion, and how to avoid Medicaid fraud. The students were also given an extracurricular real world challenge by their guest lecturer. If they are able to identify and navigate the Alabama Secretary of State's campaign finance website and determine the Marsden campaign's highest donor so far, they will be eligible for some extra credit.


"I feel it is important for our young citizens to understand how to assess candidates based on who is contributing to their campaign," Marsden added. "I was taught, and I am still learning how true it is, that in politics you have to follow the money; especially in light of the emergence of Political Action Committees and the Supreme Court ruling in Citizen's United."


"Remember the importance of 'hard and soft' money in campaigns," Dr. Norman told her students. They had previously covered the topic of campaign finances in the course and Marsden's lecture helped to reinforce these concepts. Dr. Norman was very happy with the students' engagement and looks forward to welcoming Dr. Marsden back to Wallace College again tomorrow.

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