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Dallas high schoolers question gubernatorial candidates on immigration, economy and more

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Skyline High School juniors Aaron Thompson, left, and Rosa Gutierrez, ask gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke a question during a student-led gubernatorial forum at Skyline High School in Dallas, on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Dallas high schoolers Aaron Thompson and Rosa Gutierrez wanted the work they were doing with the Student Voter Empowerment Coalition at Yvonne Ewell Townview Center to be more meaningful to the wider student body.

While the club was focused on exploring policy points, its leaders wanted to do something with a broader scope that might engage coming-of-age voters to take action and head to the ballot.

“I feel like it’s really important in our society, especially as youth since we’re the upcoming generation,” Thompson said.

On Tuesday, that brainstorming came to fruition.

With the help of fellow voter empowerment clubs, the student-led, nonpartisan group held a gubernatorial forum in Skyline’s auditorium, featuring two of the candidates on November’s ballot: Libertarian Mark Tippetts and Democrat Beto O’Rourke. Gubernatorial candidate Mark Tippetts speaks during a student-led gubernatorial forum at Skyline High School in Dallas, on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. The students at right behind candidate Tippetts are Skyline High School juniors Aaron Thompson, left, and Rosa Gutierrez. (Gov. Greg Abbott did not […]

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