About 50 people braved the downpours Thursday night to attend the Legislative Candidates Forum on Disability Issues at Spokane Falls Community College.
Nine candidates for Washington State Senate and House of Representatives answered our questions on how they would address issues that are important to local citizens with disabilities. Those included explaining their priorities and plans regarding public transportation; accessible & affordable housing; interactions between law enforcement and people with disabilities; institutional and community living supports; education; and employment.
It was a great opportunity to have the candidates side-by-side to give us their thoughts and tell their stories. After the forum, many of the candidates stayed to meet one-on-one and talk more informally with audience members.
Kudos to the candidates for coming and being so direct and open with us.
Thanks go to the organizers of this event, including Reisha Abolofia, Betty Schwieterman and David Lord from Disability Rights Washington; Darci Ladwig from the Spokane County Parent Coalition and The Arc of Spokane; Brian Holloway from The Arc of Spokane; Alisa Alonge from Access 4 All Spokane; Ed Kennedy from the Spokane Center for Independent Living; and Angela Merritt from the Disability Support Services office at Spokane Falls Community College.
Thanks also to Dave Sonntag from Gonzaga University for skillfully moderating the event.