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Oct. 21, 2004

Congressional Candidates To Discuss U.S. Foreign Policy At Oct. 27 ICFRC

Discussions of U.S. foreign policy will take place between U.S. Rep. Jim Leach, a Republican representing Iowa's 2nd District, and Dave Franker, a Democrat running for Congress, Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. Iowa State Bank and Trust Co. will host this event in its conference room in the lower level, 102 South Clinton St.

The event is organized by the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) as part of its continuing series to inform the public about international relations and is free and open to the public.

Each candidate will be asked to share his views on various facets of U.S. foreign policy. Afterwards, audience members are given the opportunity to ask the candidates questions.

Leach was first elected in 1976 and has served on committees such as the Committee on International Relations and the Committee on Financial Services. He is also the founding board member of Project Vote Smart and holds memberships in the Congressional Arts Caucus.

Franker, a religion instructor at Kirkwood Community College, currently resides in North Liberty. He was raised in Iowa and has lived in the 2nd District for the past 23 years. Franker has also taught at the University of Iowa and Coe College. He has also served as an elected official on the Iowa City Community School District school board.

For those who cannot attend the event, the discussion will air on WSUI-AM (910) on Thursday, Oct. 28 following the noon news.

The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council is a non-profit association of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy, world affairs and current global issues impacting world societies. The group provides members with the opportunity to hear more than 35 experts per year who visit the UI campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.

ICFRC is part of International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

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