On April 29, congressional candidate Regina Bateson held a town hall meeting at the Granite Bay Library. A packed room of local voters asked Bateson questions in advance of the June 5 primary election.
Bateson is running for Congressional District 4 against Jessica Morse and incumbent Tom McClintock.
A debate with Morse had originally been scheduled for April 29 at Sierra College. A local Indivisible group had organized the debate, which was to have been moderated by a journalist, but canceled it when Morse withdrew.
Bateson’s town hall was moderated by Tomas Evangelista of Auburn. Evangelista asked questions submitted on notecards and from participants online. Bateson made it clear that she did not want only “softball questions.”
“I love answering hard questions,” Bateson said afterward. “I’m all about transparency and accountability. The voters should demand nothing less of their candidates and elected officials.”
Bateson is running for Congress because, she said, McClintock is “out of touch” with the community.
“Last year, I attended one of McClintock’s town hall meetings,” Bateson said. “I couldn’t believe the way McClintock treated his constituents. He was callous and disrespectful.”
“Today, I’m proud to be answering tough questions from voters in our community,” Bateson said. “I will never shy away from an honest, frank dialogue with you. I will always treat you with the dignity and respect that you deserve.”