Town hall with or without Congresswoman Mimi Walters

On Monday at 6:30 pm at Northwood High school in Irvine, California 45th a non-partisan, grass-root organization held a Town Hall for the 45th district without their congresswomen Mimi Walters. 

Moderator Sean Garcia-Ley (right) and guest speaker Nanette S. Fritschmann (left) discussing about education. ( Lesley Naranjo / Lariat )

Moderator Sean Garcia-Ley (right) and guest speaker Nanette S. Fritschmann (left) discussing about education. ( Lesley Naranjo / Lariat )

The California 45th group set up this Town Hall for many upset residents that weren’t satisfy with Rep. Walters “tele-town hall” last week. Over 1,000 residents gathered in the high school gym to address Rep. Walters’ positions and votes on key issues of interests to the communities.

Three major topics were discussed with their invited speakers. Discussing on education, immigration and the environment, while giving the residents a chance to voice their feelings.  

Residents holding up red cards when they disagree on Walters' position. ( Lesley Naranjo / Lariat )

Residents holding up red cards when they disagree on Walters’ position. ( Lesley Naranjo / Lariat )

“We invited Rep. Walters to be the keynote speaker for the town hall,”Kathleen Treseder said, a California 45th Town Hall group spokesperson. “We will be grateful if she accepts. However, the meeting will take place whether or not Rep. Walters is present.” 

And it did, with topics discussed like healthcare and Medicare, residents had an opportunity to express their concerns and feelings of Walters’ lack of concern. Although they were missing their main guest, the moderato, Garcia-Ley played audio clips of Walters’ positions on those selected topics. Much of the crowd responded with red cards which meant they disagreed on her position. 

Although Rep. Walters was missing, her competitors for the next year were present. Katie Porter, Kia Hamadanchy, and David Min were all in attendee for the town hall. Ron Varasteh, who also ran against Walters in the 2016 elections was also present in the audience. 

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