2020 Candidate Forum: Kansas House District 18

2020 Candidate Forum: Kansas House District 18

The state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Medicaid expansion and abortion rights were a few of the main topics raised during the Shawnee Mission Post’s forum on Oct. 1 ahead for the candidates seeking the Kansas House District 18 seat. Republican candidate Cathy Gordon is challenging Democratic incumbent Cindy Neighbor in the November general election. Below is the list of questions posed by the Post staff and readers, including the timestamps. The video of the forum can be viewed on the Post’s Facebook page and is also embedded below. We have been starting all of our forums off with a version of this question: With politics at the national level monopolizing much of voters’ attention in 2020, what do you think are Kansas’s biggest state-level priorities that need to be addressed? 5:17 The COVID-19 pandemic is now entering its seventh month. In Johnson County, new cases continue to rise and the percent-positive rate also suggests that community spread is still occurring, though also acknowledging that not enough testing is being done. How would you assess the state’s response to the pandemic so far? Has the state not done enough or too much or somewhere in between? 8:28 Cathy Gordon Would you vote for a bill to expand Medicaid? It’s likely that this issue will come up again in the next legislative session. If not, how do you justify that choice in regard to loss of federal funds, the loss of hospitals … especially in rural areas … and an […]

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