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'Date With A Candidate' Used To Help Select Political Leaders

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Posted at 10:02 PM, Jul 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 08:54:26-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Speed dating may or may not be an effective way to find your next significant other, but it was used to help select political leaders.

That was the idea behind Thursday night's "Date with a Candidate" event, hosted by the Urban League Young Professionals of Middle Tennessee.

The event gave locals the chance to "find their political match" with one-on-one conversations with candidates.

While the concept may be a little unconventional, the group behind the event believed it was an innovative way to get young people voting.

"During election time, oftentimes you just see certain panels with the candidates just speaking to audiences, but we wanted the opportunity for you to really interact with that person,” said Briana Johnson of the Urban League Young Professionals. “Be able to shake their hand, introduce yourself, say where you live and really talk about an issue that really hits home for you."

There was still time to cast your votes in the Davidson County races. Early voting was set to run until August 1 with Election Day on August 6.