Huntingdon News

October 09, 2012
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Huntingdon College
News Release

Huntingdon hosts Presidential Public Policy Forum

Montgomery, Ala.—Huntingdon College will host a Presidential Public Policy Forum Monday, October 15, 7:30–8:30 p.m. in the College's Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall. John Anzalone, a founder and partner in the polling, research, and strategy firm Anzalone Liszt Research, will represent President Barack Obama. Alabama State Senator Cam Ward will represent candidate Governor Mitt Romney. The forum will be moderated by Glenn Halbrooks, co-anchor of CBS 8 News weeknights at 6:00 and 10:00 and the network's managing editor.  The forum is free and open to the public.

"Huntingdon is hosting this forum because we believe it is important for our students, faculty, and staff, as well as the general public, to focus on the issues surrounding the presidential election," said Huntingdon President J. Cameron West. "We focus in our first year programs on the development of critical thinking skills, and I am excited that our first-year students will be attending the forum as part of their class participation in Practicing the Art of Critical Thinking (PACT)."

Anzalone has 20 years of experience as a pollster helping candidates, associations and corporations with message development and strategic planning. His firm, Anzalone Liszt Research, helped elect President Barack Obama, as well as U.S. senators, Congressional representatives and dozens of elected officials in more than 20 states. In the last decade, Anzalone has helped beat more incumbent Republicans and taken back more Republican seats than any other polling firm in the nation. The Washington Post called him one of the “hottest” pollsters in the nation.  Prior to his polling career, Anzalone was a campaign operative who worked for democratic strategists James Carville and Paul Begala in U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg’s 1988 campaign. He began his political career as an aide to David Wilhelm (who later became DNC chairman) at Citizens for Tax Justice and the AFL-CIO, and then went on to manage campaigns in five states.  Anzalone grew up in St. Joseph, Michigan, and graduated from Kalamazoo College.

Senator Cam Ward was elected to the Alabama Senate in the general election held November 2, 2010, after serving two terms in the Alabama House of Representatives. He earned his Bachelor of Science from Troy State University and Juris Doctorate from Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham.  Senator Ward serves as executive director of the Industrial Development Board of Alabaster and is active in numerous community and civic activities. He serves on the boards of directors for Leadership Shelby County, the Greater Education Foundation of Shelby County, The American Village, and CASA of Shelby County.  Senator Ward is also a member of the Alabama Bar Association and State Executive Committee for the Alabama Republican Party.

Halbrooks, a native Alabamian, joined CBS 8 in March 2003. His 28 years of experience in TV news began when he served as a reporter at WMAZ in Macon, Georgia, while still in college. In 1990, Halbrooks moved to Montgomery and anchored the noon news at WSFA for nearly two years. He went on to anchor jobs in Birmingham and Chattanooga, Tennessee, before spending several years behind the camera in management and producing positions. Away from the station, he serves as president of the Montgomery Rotary Club and is involved with several community groups, including the Hugh O'Brian Youth leadership organization, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He is also a member of the Advisory Council for the Alabama State University Department of Communications. Halbrooks is a graduate of The McCallie School in Chattanooga and Mercer University in Macon. 

For a complete list of Huntingdon's Cultural and Community Events for the the 2012–2013 academic year, visit:  http://www.huntingdon.edu/about.aspx?id=6258.

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