Westside politickin': Merrifield, Lambert disagree on ‘crisis’

       District 18 State Rep. Michael Merrifield met with residents Aug. 30 at the Village at Skyline to talk about senior issues.
       “State funding cuts and Medicaid cuts are creating a crisis for our senior citizens and retired people. Anticipated cuts will affect not only home-delivered and personal care services but eyeglasses, hearing aids, and transportation to medical appointments also,” Merrifield said in a prepared statement.
       Merrifield's opponent, Kent Lambert, asked if he agrees there is a crisis, conceded there has been a “growth in clients, short-term economic downturn, and transfers of responsibility from one program to another (that) has sometimes required changes in priorities.” However, he added, “that does not mean we are in a crisis… I'd rather work for real solutions rather than scare senior citizens into believing that the sky is falling.”
       Sept. 2 and 3 are key dates for the District 3 commissioner race. If the Democrats do not enter a candidate by Sept. 2, or if no write-in files by Sept. 3, then Republican candidate Sallie Clark will be unopposed in the Nov. 2 general election.

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