April 29, 2018 (GRANITE BAY, CA) – On Sunday, April 29, congressional candidate Regina Bateson held a town hall meeting at the Granite Bay Library. A packed room of local voters gathered to ask Bateson questions in advance of the June 5 primary election.
Bateson responded to questions on Social Security and Medicare, climate change, border security, and public education, among other topics. She also provided a thorough explanation for her decision to stay in the race after the California Democratic Party convention in February, and she explained why the Secretary of State and a Superior Court judge recently rejected Democratic rival Jessica Morse’s ballot designation.
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 prominent journalist in the region, but had to cancel it when Morse withdrew.
Bateson’s town hall was moderated by Tomas Evangelista of Auburn. Evangelista organized asked questions submitted on notecards and from participants online. Bateson made it clear that she did not want him to give her only “softball questions.”
“I love answering hard questions,” Bateson said afterwards. “I’m all about transparency and accountability. The voters should demand nothing less of their candidates and elected officials.”
In fact, Bateson was motivated to run for Congress because she sees incumbent Rep. Tom McClintock as 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 continued. “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.”
Bateson is running to be an independent voice for California’s 4th District. She will fight to protect Social Security and Medicare, to improve healthcare, to protect our great outdoors, and to bring good-paying jobs to our region.
Bateson is a military security analyst who grew up middle-class in Roseville, where she lives with her husband and three children. She is running with the support of civic leaders including former Mayor of Roseville Gina Garbolino, Roseville City Council member Tim Herman, and Roseville Joint Union High School District Trustee Paige Stauss.
If elected, Bateson will work hard to improve constituent services in the 4th District. She will also hold at least 10 town halls per year — one in each of the district’s 10 counties.
“The town hall today was a fantastic event,” Bateson said. “And we’re just getting started.”