Presidential Candidates Bennet And Steyer Talk Democracy Reform At Democracy Town Hall Series Events Friday & Saturday
• Dec 17, 2019
U.S. Senator and Presidential candidate Michael Bennet of Colorado and businessman and activist Tom Steyer will discuss their positions on Democracy reforms this weekend at separate events in Peterborough and Nashua.
The events are part of the nonpartisan Democracy Town Hall Series, which have already featured several Democrats and Republican Bill Weld. The event is hosted by New Hampshire campaign finance reform group Open Democracy Action, and national money-in-politics group Equal Citizen.
This Friday afternoon, Dec. 20, Sen. Bennet will appear at the Hilltop Golf Course in Peterborough, 49 High St, at 2:30 p.m. Bennet is a former businessman and superintendent of schools in Denver, and has served in the U.S. Senate since 2009.
Sen. Bennet has publicly called for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, a lifetime ban on members of Congress becoming lobbyists, a ban on gerrymandering, implementation of ranked choice voting, and several other reforms. Moderator Olivia Zink, executive director of Open Democracy Action, will be asking for details of Sen. Bennet’s plans. Questions will also be taken from the voters in attendance.
Then on the Saturday, Dec. 21 Democracy Town Hall Series event, Tom Steyer will answer questions about his Democracy agenda at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua, 58 Lowell St. at 6 p.m.
Steyer has recently advertised term limits as a solution to the control that money has on our political system, but has offered other solutions, including the overturning of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, restructuring the dysfunctional Federal Elections Commission, and implementing a national referendum as ways to increase accountability to the voters. He has also called for public funding of elections, similar to the Voter-Owned Honest elections being proposed in New Hampshire.
Both events are open to the public, but registration for the event is highly suggested at OpenDemocracyAction.org.
The series has already hosted seven candidates around the state, addressing money-in-politics and campaign finance reform, gerrymandering and redistricting reform, anonymous Dark Money funding, overturning of the Citizens United decision and the 28thamendment, publicly-funded elections and other democracy reforms.
You can read the full article by NH Labor News here.