Former Democratic Maryland Governor and 2016 presidential candidate Martin O’Malley will serve as the keynote speaker at Westminster College’s 21st annual Mock Convention, the second oldest in the nation.

O’Malley will help kick off the student-organized convention at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the Will W. Orr Auditorium on Westminster’s campus. O’Malley made it to the final three Democratic candidates in the 2016 primaries, alongside Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, before exiting the race following the Iowa caucuses in February 2016.

Westminster College political science students have staged the Mock Convention every presidential election year since 1936. The event simulates the nomination process for the major political party that is out of office. This year will be the Democratic Party Convention.

“This is a great opportunity for the Westminster College community to experience the political process in action. In addition, it’s a lot of fun,” said Dr. James Rhoads, professor of political science and seven-time faculty adviser for the mock convention. “Because the convention occurs every four years, it is a signature event of the Westminster College student experience. The convention binds alumni together.”


  • Occurred Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Orr Auditorium

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