Candidates discuss health care, immigration and other issues in 1st District Congressional debate

Candidates discuss health care, immigration and other issues in 1st District Congressional debate

Three candidates are vying to take over the 1st Congressional District seat in Congress. Longtime Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, is not running for reelection. The three candidates running to replace longtime Rep. Pete Visclosky in the House of Representatives have different stances on the environment, health care, immigration, education and gun laws. Democratic nominee Frank Mrvan, Republican nominee Mark Leyva and Libertarian nominee Edward Mike Strauss shared their views in a lightning-round debate, where they each had one minute to answer 12 questions. At the start and end of the debate, aired Tuesday on Lakeshore Public Media, each candidate had one minute for opening and closing remarks. Visclosky, D-Gary, announced in November that he would not seek reelection after 35 years in Congress. The seat has been held by a Democrat since 1931. From left, U.S. Representative Pete Visclosky, United Steelworkers district president Mike Millsap, and candidate for U.S. representative Frank Mrvan at a rally at the United Steelworkers hall in Burns Harbor on Saturday, March 7, 2020. The steelworkers have announced their support for Mrvan. (Michael Gard/Post-Tribune) Mrvan said he was the candidate to “bring like-minded individuals” together to address issues facing the country, like helping people access mental health care and jobs, and he mentioned twice that Visclosky endorsed him during the primary election. Leyva said he was a pro-gun, pro-life candidate who will focus on creating better jobs. Strauss said he would fight to “rebuild” the nation where people can “follow their own dreams in their […]

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