Candidates for Local Government Discuss Senior Services
Some Reno City Council and Washoe County commission candidates lobbied senior citizens for their votes at the Washoe County senior center Friday.
Candidates discussed everything from how to keep seniors independent to how candidates would work with the state legislature to get more money for senior services.
Here are some of the statements from the forum:
Andrew Diss, Washoe County Commission District 1 candidate, on his experience in Carson City as a former legislative staffer:
"Knowing the way people think and knowing what's going to get them to go along with what you're trying to get them to do is an important part of being a representative."
Marsha Berkbigler, Washoe County Commission District 1 candidate,on indepdence for senior citizens:
"It's not just whether you have a senior center to come to, but it's making sure you have the right to stay in your home, and whether or not you have the services to stay in your home."
David Ward, Reno City Council at-large candidate, on improving downtown to attract seniors:
"If we do that, we can also provide all the services downtown that seniors need and I hope we have a very robust senior population living down there."
Hillary Schieve, Reno City Council at-large canddiate, on the importance of job creation for seniors:
"We offer incentives to troops that need jobs, I think if we had the same program where city can provide incentives to provide jobs for seniors, it really makes sense."
Bernie Carter, Reno City Council candidate Ward 1, on the Public Service Funding advisory ballot question:
"We must provide for a vehicle so that we know it goes to senior services, that we know it doesn't go to the police department or the fire department.
Cliff Young, Reno City Council candidate Ward 3, on the Public Service Funding advisory ballot question:
"Just because it's diluted, I wouldn't vote against it. We need the money."
Neoma Jardon, Reno City Council Ward 5 candidate, on budgets:
"Creativity, and being realistic about budgets--which are very lean--and where to make the tough decisions are very important, and I would advocate for that."
Kitty Jung, Reno City Council Ward 5 candidate, on her experience on Washoe County Senior Services Advisory Board:
"We have worked tirelessly that the cuts that the budget manager had proposed all five of those years were restored for the general fund transfer."
Reno City Council candidates Jenny Brekhus and Oscar Delgado did not attend the forum.