Congressional candidate forum focuses on healthcare, social security

The California Alliance for Retired Americans held a congressional candidates forum on Sunday, April 29. From left to right: Audrey Denney, Gregory Cheadle, Marty Walters, Lewis Elbinger, Jessica Holcombe, and David Peterson.

The California Alliance for Retired Americans held a congressional candidates forum on Sunday at the Senior Citizens Hall in Redding on Benton Drive.

The forum was hosted to give seniors and people with disabilities in the California district one region an opportunity to meet the candidates who are running for Congress.

The discussion was focused on key senior issues like Medicare, Medicaid, and social security.

Donald Boyas from Redding said he went to the meeting to hear how the candidates will address his concerns on the opioid crisis, homelessness, and immigration.

Another Redding resident Suzanna Aragon said she attended the forum because of her overall concerns about Medicare and retirement.

"I'm going to be retiring here in about three years and I'm going to be entering into a world that I'm kind of afraid of. I've been working all my life and I want to do it but I don't know how my Medicare, medical treatments are going to be. I don't know what my cost is going to be but I'm going to find out... it's scary," said Aragon.

The list of candidates who appeared at the forum were Democratic candidates Audrey Denney, Jessica Holcombe, Marty Walters, and David Peterson as well as Republican candidate Gregory Cheadle and Green Party candidate Lewis Elbinger.

Congressman Doug LaMalfa was not in attendance at the forum. A campaign spokesperson told KRCR LaMalfa does not attend candidate forums until the fall.

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