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Congressman Salud Carbajal discusses health care, environment during Town Hall event

Posted at 9:52 PM, May 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-07 00:52:24-04

Congressman Salud Carbajal is reaching out to current and future voters.

Students from Paso Robles High School, as well as several other community groups, hosted a public Town Hall Roundtable with Congressman Carbajal Monday night.

Representative Carbajal said events like these are a great opportunity to see democracy in action.

“I believe these town hall meetings are vitally important to our democracy. It makes me a better representative of your views in Washington. You all deserve to know where I stand on issues, even when we disagree, and you deserve to have transparency from me as your elected official representing you in Washington,” said Carbajal.

The event focused on several major issues, including health care, education, social justice, and the environment.

Different members of the community spoke about those topics and directed questions to Carbajal.

“We need to move towards making sure that we conserve these lands in a pristine way, and we need to move away from fossil fuels and invest in renewable energy,” said Carbajal when asked about environmental issues.

Carbajal also suggested having better storage techniques for spent fuel and repurposing facilities like Diablo Canyon Power Plant.

During a conversation about health care, he said he is focused on reducing prescription drug costs, and that there may be some bipartisan bills in the coming weeks, which are designed to reduce costs.

Representative Carbajal also took time at the event to honor a Morro Bay woman who was one of the recipients of the 2019 Congressional Women of the Year award.

Dr. Leola Dublin Macmillan has taught at Cal Poly and serves on the board of Just Communities Central Coast. She is also on the steering committee of RACE Matters SLO County and is a member of the San Luis Obispo Police Departments Police and Community Together group.

She was one of six women to receive the honor, which recognizes women across the 24th Congressional District who have made a positive impact on their communities.