Congressional Candidates Debate Tonight

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Leading Laguna Beach Democrats Harley Rouda, left, and Hans Keirstead, again face each other in a debate  tonight at UCI's Student Center.
Leading Laguna Beach Democrats Harley Rouda, left, and Hans Keirstead, here in an earlier candidates forum, face each other alone in a debate tonight at UCI’s Student Center.

Harley Rouda and Hans Keirstead, candidates from Laguna Beach running for Congress in California’s 48th district, face off tonight Monday, April 23, in the final in a series of four debates hosted by Indivisible OC 48, a progressive grass-roots group.

The forum takes place at 7 p.m. in the UC Irvine Student Center.

Constituents get a chance to compare the two leading Democratic candidates’ views on social justice and healthcare prior to the upcoming primary election June 5. Earlier debates focused on other topics.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher has been visible in District 48 in recent weeks urging cities to oppose the state's sanctuary laws over assisting federal  immigration authorities. Photo by Victoria Kertz
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, here in Newport Beach, has been visible in District 48 in recent weeks urging cities to oppose the state’s sanctuary laws over assisting federal immigration authorities. Photo by Victoria Kertz

The Republican incumbent, Dana Rohrabacher, has not responded to the invitation to participate.

None of the other 13 candidates on the ballot were invited either, said Indivisible OC 48 spokesman Aaron Craddolph. Invitations only went to the top two candidates based on fundraising, he said.

As Congress is not currently in session, Rohrabacher is in the district and on Monday was scheduled to hold a press conference at his home in Costa Mesa about legislation to curb airplane noise from John Wayne and Long Beach airports. The Republican congressman has offered six amendments to the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization legislation intended to mitigate the noise problem, said a statement from spokesman Ken Grubb.

Indivisible OC 48 Chair Aaron McCall and Anthony Wright, who leads the consumer advocacy coalition Health Access California, will moderate the debate.

 

 

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