As we did in 2016 and other quadrennial cycles, the History and Political Science Department at CCM will this year be hosting our 2020 Presidential Election Forum between surrogates from the Trump and Biden campaigns. The 2020 forum will be held remotely over the Shindig platform on Wednesday, October 7, from 2-3:30p.m. Please click to register and attend our event:Â https://shindig.com/login/event/presidentialdebate
We are pleased that our two campaign surrogates from our 2016 forum have agreed to return for this year’s event: Steven Rogers from the Trump campaign and Marc Pindus from the Clinton and now Biden campaign (please see their biographies below). Our 2016 forum was one of the more popular programs at the college that year attracting hundreds of students and faculty held at the Dragonetti Auditorium. Given the current health challenges, the 2020 forum has been more difficult to organize but, with your help, we hope it will be a success. In that regard, attached please find a digital flyer.
In 2016, we setup microphones in the auditorium so that our students and faculty could ask questions directly to the campaign surrogates. Given the challenges of hosting the 2020 forum, we are asking for the questions in advance to be read by the moderator during the forum. Attached please find a form for “Questions for Candidate Surrogates”.
Steven L Rogers
Steven Rogers served in the United States Air Force from 1970-1974. After receiving an honorable discharge in 1974, he became a police officer in the city of East Orange, New Jersey.
In 1976, he left the East Orange Police Department and became a police officer in the Township of Nutley, N.J. until he retired in 2011 as a Detective Lieutenant, Commander of the police department’s criminal investigative division.
In 1986, he enlisted in the United States Navy Reserves, and served with the Office of Naval Intelligence until he retired as a Lieutenant Commander in 2004.
Soon after September 11, 2001, he served as the U.S. Northern Command’s Senior Military Intelligence Officer to the FBI National Joint Terrorism Task Force, Washington, D.C.
In 2008, Mr. Rogers was elected to the Nutley, N.J. school district Board of Education, and in 2012, he was elected to the Nutley, N.J. Board of Commissioners (City Council), and re-elected to that position in May 2016.
Mr. Rogers is currently a member President Donald J Trumps 2020 Campaign Advisory Board, & President of Campaign for America.
Mr. Rogers has a degree in Criminal Justice Administration from William Paterson University, Wayne, N.J. Â He also completed courses of study in military strategy at the United States Naval War College, Rhode Island; and the United Nations, New York City.
Mr. Rogers is the author of several books and a frequent guest on FOX News.
Marc Pindus is currently the owner of Pindus Benefits, an insurance and benefits advisory practice, and a partner in PB Energy, an investment company currently engaged in energy and mining projects. He is a 1983 graduate from the University of Virginia where he majored in economics. As the former state high school tennis singles champion, he also lettered on Virginiaâ€™s renowned varsity team.
Mr. Pindus was twice a candidate for Morris County Freeholder and once for State Assembly. He was only one of two Democrat candidates endorsed by theÂ Daily RecordÂ in 1992. Â The other was then Governor Bill Clinton.
Marc Pindus hosted two cable wide television shows in the 1990â€™s. Â One centered on local politics called â€œAs we see it,” the other was a non-political show co-hosted with WMTR personality Julie Briggs called â€œGood Evening Morris County,” which centered solely on events, news, and services in Morris County.
Marc Pindus was twice appointed to a Democrat seat of the Morris County School of Technology by the all Republican Freeholder Board and is the founding President of the Morris County Magnet School system. Â A school system that has reached blue ribbon status and works closely with the County College of Morris in many areas.
He has served on many boards and is currently on the board of the Urban League of Morris County where he was a former chairman.