Humboldt Senior Resource Center was the latest stop for what Susan Adams refers to the “dirty dozen” candidates running for the 2nd District Congressional seat. But alas, Jared Huffman was once again a no show for a debate held in Humboldt. Guess the Heir Apparent really doesn’t like it here in Humboldt. And that is the kind of representation you will get if you vote for him. He might not be too popular in Sonoma County either with Native Americans and Union workers because of his opposition to the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria casino project in Rohnert Park. To be fair, Brooke Clark was also not able to attend.
But 10 of the other candidates who did show up to this forum moderated by the League of Women Voters were vocal and opinionated. Here are some short observations.
Andy Caffery: “I would rather have the Government between me and Heath care provider than multinational Corporations between me and my Heath Care provider!” Wants a New Green America and climate change to be addressed. Not into reforming Healthcare, but rather shifting to a new paradigm of being part of a community of wellness. Need clean food. Pointed out that as of now over ½ of America lives lower middle class and below.
Susan Adams: “Send a nurse to the White House to heal!” She says she is battle tested with experience money can’t buy. Need a wage ordinance for In Home Health Services. Has vast knowledge of all health care issues. Would like to see us “Get out of Cars” and has been on forefront of ways to do that with environmental reforms.
Tiffany Renee: “I will work hard for you!” Would like us to stop funding military and start funding programs for health reform. Member of the Sonoma County Transit “Go Green” committee. Universal health coverage. Advocate for “Age in Place.” Like to see seniors retrained and brought back into work environment.
Stacey Lawson: “I want to rebuild the Middle Class.” Need to go green as far as transportation. Congress is presently giving no solutions. Used to be able to build relationships at the Capitol with handshakes. Now no trust. Need to enable seniors to go back to work.
Norman Solomon: Need to have “Faith in Democracy.” He feels public transportation is not working and federal government should not be “Let off the hook.” Has been a proponent for single payer health care for decades. Wants to create a “New Real Healthy Society.” Supports “Green New Deal.”
Dan Roberts: “No Bail Outs!” He goes to DC 5 times a year and understands the processes. Says he is a moderate on social issues. Need community based solutions.
Larry Fritzlan: “I will piss people off back there!” (Washington) “Democracy Rocks!” He says Washington is a mess and he will fix things by taking money out of politics. Both parties to blame.
William Courtney: “We need term limits and fresh faces.” We need new ways to do business. Supports clean energy act. Magnetic and electric transportation in need. Need to address the 3 million seniors living in poverty. Supports marijuana use for Alzheimer patients. Also supports the use of organics for healing people.
Mike Halliwell: “We are the first generation that will leave the environment worse that when we entered.” Need to live and work longer. Can’t keep kicking the can down the road as far as federal programs. Need local control when it comes to transportation.
John DeWallen: “We need to take care of each other.” Need to stop military spending and Tax Corporations. Need military peace conversion. He harvests wild sea weed.
(I think Andy Caffery kicked buttocks at this forum. )