Large turnout for Congressional debate in Chico

Sep 25, 2014 1:35 PM by News Staff

There was standing room only Wednesday night when 1st District Congressional candidates Heidi Hall and incumbent Doug LaMalfa squared off for the first time.

The League of Women Voters Butte County hosted a forum presenting the candidates for the 1st Congressional District, Chico City Council, and the Chico Unified School District.

Environmental issues took center stage in the Congressional debate Wednesday night. LaMalfa said he has legislation to authorize the Sites Reservoir, which would add a significant volume of water, while Hall stressed the importance of water allocation. "We need to take care of our farmers, ranchers, businesses and homes" Hall said.

Candidates were asked if they believe climate change was real, Hall said it is and the proof lies in the preparations being taken by so many government agencies. LaMalfa disagreed saying the climate has been changing since creation and the United States should pursue better technologies and energy sources.

LaMalfa then proceeded to say he supports hydraulic fracturing, which can provide stable energy at stable prices in the United States. Hall said fracking hurts the economy and creates new environmental issues.

Throughout the course of Wednesday night's debate the crowd showed strong support for the democratic challenger, Hall.


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