SCOTIA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Sen. Ted Cruz is making a campaign stop in the Capital Region ahead of the New York presidential primaries.
At 9:30 a.m. Thursday, the doors to Mekeel Christian Academy will open for a town hall in support Ted Cruz. Head of School Chad Bowman got the phone call from the Cruz campaign Tuesday morning, and he agreed to play host.
“We feel honored and privileged that they would choose us, and hopefully, we’ll be part of the greater political process in letting the community become engaged and informed,” he said.
Soon after, word got out to the school’s 300 students, including sophomore class president Mitchell Fischer.
“Well, I was super excited because I’ve been following the race, so I’m just really excited to see him speak and hear what he has to say,” he said.
At a meeting for the Upstate Conservative Coalition Tuesday night, a Cruz campaign representative said beating frontrunner Donald Trump in New York State isn’t a lost cause.
“A lot of people think that just because Trump is from New York that he’ll win all the delegates, but that’s not how it works here in New York,” Rep. Rob Pulsifer said. “So we’re going to work really hard in our congressional district to get those three delegates.”
No matter what the outcome is on April 19, Bowman said students will benefit.
“What an opportunity for them to learn about the American political system first hand, right in front,” he said.
The town hall will help bring the real world into the classroom, which Fischer is looking forward to.
“I like what he has to say,” he said. “I like his policies, so I hope he becomes president.”
Cruz won the republican primary in Wisconsin on Tuesday, but a CNN poll predicts Trump will win big in New York with a double-digit lead over Cruz.
You can register for the event, here.
The following roads around Mekeel will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. to about noon:
- Second Street from Sacandaga Road to Root Avenue
- Third Street from Sacandaga Road to Root Avenue
- Root Avenue from Second Street to Third Street
Sacandaga Road will be open, but travel may be slowed in the area due to the event.