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Date: September 20, 2004 (04-85) 

Montgomery College Hosts Old-Fashioned Political Debate
Event Features Ike Leggett and Bill Brock on Oct.4 

        Montgomery College will host an old-fashioned political debate between Democrat Ike Leggett and Republican Bill Brock on Monday, October 4, from 7:15-9:15 p.m., in the Theater Arts Arena at the College’s Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street.  The political debate is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served. 

            Currently, Ike Leggett serves as chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party and teaches at Howard University’s law school.  In 1986, Leggett was elected to be an at-large member of the Montgomery County Council.  He became the first African American to serve on the Council.  When he left office in 2002, Leggett had served sixteen years as a council member, three of those years as president.  Leggett lives in Burtonsville, Maryland.


            Bill Brock is currently the president of Bridges Learning Systems, an educational firm.  From 1963-1971, Brock served Tennessee as a member of the House of Representatives.  From 1971-1977, he was a member of the United States Senate.  He followed his career in Congress by working as chairman of the Republican National Committee, U.S Trade Representative, and Secretary of Labor under President Ronald Reagan.  Brock, who lives in Annapolis, ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate from Maryland in 1994. 

The old-fashioned political debate is sponsored by the Paul Peck Institute for American Culture and Civic Engagement at Montgomery College.  The Institute was created this year to celebrate and increase knowledge of American culture, history, principles, and political traditions; and to inspire informed civic participation about critical issues affecting the local, national, and global communities.  The Institute serves the College’s students, faculty, and staff as well as the greater community.  It never endorses a candidate or subscribes to a partisan platform. 

For more information about the debate, contact Dr. Lee Annis, Montgomery College professor, at 301-972-1105.  For more information about the Paul Peck Institute for American Culture and Civic Engagement at Montgomery College, contact Dr. Francine Jamin, Institute director, at 240-567-1385.

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