However, he's discovered many people think he, as an elected representative, is the government. "I'm not the government. I represent you," the constituent, is his response.
"Interest in third parties is higher than it has been in recent memory," Zimmerman said, adding the candidacy of Libertarian presidential candidate
In all, candidates from four races discussed issues with the audience. The two vying for a seat on the
"I'm running as a conservative Democrat, which means I'm a skeptic," Livingston said. He said he wants to get government services to those people who are "falling through the cracks." They need easy-to-understand and helpful information on getting assistance.
Elliott cited the future Davis Corridor as a key concern of his. "How is this (going)? When is it going to run? When are we going to complete it?" It's critical to relieving traffic congestion in the county, he added.
A plan for economic growth is also a priority, Elliott said. He'll work to balance development with the preservation of open space.
Both candidates for
Education was a topic both spoke about.
"We have overworked teachers working very long hours. We need to give them the respect they deserve," Stenquist said. Better pay, smaller classrooms and a larger share of the state budget for education are ways to do that, she added.
"Education is an important resource for us all," Barlow responded. He said that while the Legislature provides funding, school boards ultimately determine the allocation of funds.
"If education is so important, then why is it not being funded" adequately, Miller said. People need to hold elected officials accountable for their actions on education, he added.
The legislative candidates discussed
They include parents with children earning up to 60 percent of the federal poverty level, which is
Zimmerman said the government should lessen its role in health care, only providing catastrophic insurance. That would make it more affordable to pay for more-frequent health concerns. Costs are inflated due to the insurance system, he added.
Both Stenquist and Miller support full
The night was one of three Meet the Candidates events in
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