Luther to host third party candidate discussion

'Perpetuating the Two-Party System: How Our System Sidelines Independent Candidates'

Third-party candidates are not often at the center of political discourse during election seasons. Many blame this on the United States' institutionalized two-party system, but believe that it is important to consider the multiple perspectives and candidates even in such a system that heavily favors the major parties.

Luther College will host a third party candidate discussion, "Perpetuating the Two-Party System: How Our System Sidelines Independent Candidates," at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in the Mott/Borlaug Room in Dahl Centennial Union on the Luther campus.

Independent party candidate Michael Luick-Thrams and Libertarian candidate Charles Aldrich will be present to discuss the challenges of running as third-party candidates in a two-party system. Both candidates are currently running to represent Iowa in the United States Senate.

The discussion, hosted by the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement, is open to the public with no charge for admission. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch and their questions for discussion.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,150, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website:

Michael Luick-Thrams