REEDLEY, Calif. — Residents listened closely to each candidate running for California’s 22nd congressional district.
The event hosted by United Valley Civics was held at Reedley College.
The candidates in attendance included democrats Bobby Bliatout and Ricardo Franco, Libertarian Bill Merryman, and Brian Carroll with the American Solidarity Party.
Not there though, Democrat Andrew Janz. He has raised hundreds of thousands dollars in recent week or the current incumbent Devin Nunes.
They addressed topics like medical care, the economy, and on everyone’s mind, the issue of gun control after the recent school shooting in Florida.
All of them though stressed their main goals if elected. As an owner of health care clinics, Bobby Bliatout explained the need for universal healthcare.
“It is very cruel to leave folks without healthcare. We can do it. It’s possible to do this,” said Bobyy Bliatout, running for Congress.
Brian Carroll stands behind his platform to make a new party founded on a combination of progressive and social justice issues.
“No one is more marginalized and without a voice than the unborn, so I put together a consistent life ethic with other progressive issues,” said Brian Carroll, running for Congress.
While Ricardo Franco wants to focus on growing the economy and the California Water Crisis.
“In the Fresno area we cannot expand or grow unless we can show where the water is coming from and where to store it. Those are the big things that need to happen,” said Ricardo Franco, Running for Congress.
Bill Merryman says his main goal is the economy and gun control.
“What I want to see is an overall reduction in murder rates and violent crime not just getting rid of an inanimate object from someone’s ownership,” said Bill Merryman, running for Congress.
The Democratic Party said they will announce who they will be endorsing this weekend while the voters will get their first shot during the Primary Elections in June.