December 14, 2017 - The Mariposa Democratic Club presented the District 4 Congressional Candidate Forum on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors chambers. Regina Bateson, Roza Calderon, and Jessica Morse were the three candidates that would like to represent you and unseat current District 4 Congressman Tom McClintock.
The forum began at 6:00 P.M. and lasted almost 2.5 hours with a full room at the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors (BOS) chambers as residents lined the walls and outside the BOS chambers as every seat was taken.
After an opening statement from the three candidates the candidates answered the following questions in order:
- What makes you the most qualified candidate to take on McClintock? And what is your strategy to combat him?
- Are you able to provide us with an example of where you took action to solve a problem and thereby benefited someone else?
- Student Question: The legalization of recreational Marijuana in California and other states leads to a direct conflict with federal law. What are your views on legalization and on how this conflict should be resolved?
- How will you get moderate Republicans to vote for you? What specific stances on issues to you think will appeal to both Republicans, Independents, and Democrats?
- Can you give us an example of a time when you had to negotiate or compromise with someone who was 180 degree opposed to your position?
- Student Question: What is your opinion of Mr. Trump’s decision to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem
- It is very easy for wealthy US citizens to avoid paying a fair share of their income tax obligations by setting up bank accounts, secret trusts, and fake corporate registrations in other countries. To stop this “legal” evasion of taxes what kind of legislation would you sponsor or co-sponsor to address that issue?
- How would you address climate change issues? Do you support the carbon tax which will get passed on to consumers?
- If you are not the democratic nominee, what are you willing to do to support the nominee against McClintock and which of the other two candidates would you most favor?
- Student Question: What is your opinion of the proposed State of Jefferson?
- The Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation is not officially recognized as an indigenous nation by the United Statesfederal government. The Southern Sierra Miwuks submitted their petition for recognition in 1982. Do you have any opinions on this matter?
- How will you keep in touch with voters after you are elected? And will you pledge to never avoid your constituents?
- Do you support a single payer healthcare system? And if so what steps would you take to get us there? If not, what would you do about healthcare instead?
Note: Question Number 5 was asked later in the evening and there were three questions added at the end from the audience.
At the end of the forum the three candidates provided a closing statement.