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‘Voting on Health’ Candidate Forum to be held Wednesday at UA College of Public Health

Healthcare reform, health services for children and the poor, and the future of Medicare and Medicaid have been political hot potatoes this election year. Tea Party favorites like Republican Congressional challengers Jesse Kelly (CD8) and Ruth McClung (CD7) have spoken against the federal government’s provision of a healthcare safety net and minimum health services for all Americans and vowed to eliminate healthcare reform.

On the home front, in the last 2 legislative terms, the Arizona Legislature has slashed and burned public health and education programs. In addition, the Legislature placed 2 initiatives on the ballot which would further hurt the health and welfare of Arizona children and families– Prop 106 which would make it impossible for Arizonans to participate in a national healthcare insurance plan and Prop 302 which would allow the Legislature to steal the funds from the First Things First program for children’s health and early childhood development.

Obviously, it is important for voters to know how candidates would vote on healthcare and public health issues. The Mel and Enida Zuckerman College of Public Health is sponsoring a candidates forum on Wednesday, October 20. Several candidates who are running for House or Senate seats in the Arizona Legislature will participate. Here is the information from the college.

Voting on Health: Southern Arizona Candidate Forum,
Graduate students from the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health will host the open forum titled, Voting on Health: A Southern Arizona Candidate Forum.

This is an opportunity for voters to hear what the legislative candidates have to say about their role in promoting the wellbeing of Southern Arizonans, and their plans to address key issues that affect the health of individuals living in this region. The forum in open to the public.

Participating Arizona legislative candidates running for state offices in the November 2nd election:
Paula Aboud (D) for State Senate, District 28
Ted Downing (D) for State Senate, District 28
Dave Ewoldt (I) for State Senate, District 28
Robert Compton, (R) House seat, District 27
Steve Farley (D) House seat, District 28
Pat Fleming (D) House seat, District 25
Sally Gonzales (D) House seat, District 27
Peggy Judd (R) House seat, District 25
Pat Kilburn (R) House seat, District 29
Bruce Wheeler (D) House seat, District 28

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010 | 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Refreshments will be served from 6:30-7 p.m.)

Drachman Hall, 1295 N. Martin Avenue, Room B109, Tucson, AZ. Parking is free in the Drachman Hall East lot after 5 p.m.

“Public health is all about the development and implementation of informed policy. With today’s issues around health and health care front and center in our state, it is critical for voters to be informed on the positions of all our candidates,” said Jill Guernsey de Zapien, associate dean for Community Programs at the Zuckerman College of Public Health. “On behalf of our college, we are delighted to offer this opportunity to the Tucson community.”

4 comments on “‘Voting on Health’ Candidate Forum to be held Wednesday at UA College of Public Health

  1. anonymous_coward
    October 19, 2010

    ” Tea Party favorites like Republican Congressional challengers Jesse Kelly (CD8) and Ruth McClung (CD7) have spoken against the federal government’s provision of a healthcare safety net and minimum health services for all Americans and vowed to eliminate healthcare reform.”

    I beleive they have vowed to eliminate what the Demoncrats CALL health care reform.  The progressives should man up and propose an amendment to the US constitution that give the fed gov to run a health insurance (and retirement) program. Otherwise you are just an enemy to our republic.

    And to all you Catholics who will vote for Grijalva because you are afraid McClung will not give free health care to babies, you should know that ANY vote for Grijalva is a MORTAL SIN.  He is a conspirator in abortion with his sponsorship of FOCA and so will you be if you vote for him.

    Order you conscience to the Church and vote against Grijalva.


    • Pamela
      October 19, 2010

      I love all of this invoking the Constitution bunk. Conservatives site it when it suits them but then want to amend it when you don’t agree with it.


  2. Carolyn Classen
    October 20, 2010

    18 legislative candidates from LD 25 to 30 were present tonight to discuss public health issues.  My update at:


    • Pamela Powers
      October 21, 2010

      Thanks, Carolyn. Was it well-attended?


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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela Powers Hannley

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals--not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election. My platform focuses on economic reforms to grow Arizona's economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, growlocal small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs. I also stand for equal rights, choice, and paycheck fairness for women. I am running as a progressive and running clean.

My day job is managing editor for the American Journal of Medicine, an academic medicine journal with a worldwide circulation. In addition, my husband and I co-direct Arizonans for a New Economy, Arizona's public banking initiative. I am a member of the national board of the Public Banking Institute, and I am co-chair of the Arizona Democratic Progressive Caucus, the largest caucus of the Arizona Democratic Party.

I am a published author, photographer, videographer, clay artist, mother, nana, and wife. I have a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a masters in public health from the University of Arizona. I grew up in Amherst, Ohio, but I have lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1981. I am a proud member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson and the Public Relations Society of America.

My Tucson Progressive blog and Facebook page feature large doses of liberal ideas, local, state, and national politics, and random bits of humor. I also blog at Blog for Arizona and the Huffington Post.

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