Perriello, Clark Answer Questions During Candidate Forum

By: Carter Johnson Email
By: Carter Johnson Email

October 11, 2010

With the 2010 Midterm Elections quickly approaching, employees at State Farm Insurance had the opportunity Monday to hear from two of the three 5th District Congressional candidates, and ask them some tough questions about the issues that matter most to voters.

Taxes and health care seem to be the top concerns for the employees at State Farm. During the open forum Monday to help educate employees before the upcoming election, the group did not hold back in their questions for the candidates.

"I've already seen an increase [in taxes]. I've calculated my health care premium raise and it will be about 27%. A lot of it is due to the fact that health care rates do go up, but I think a lot of it has to do with anticipation of the bill," said State Farm employee, Kevin Morgan.

Democratic incumbent, Tom Perriello, defended his vote for health care reform, despite the high premiums.

"Well, this is exactly why we had to do health care reform. We've seen these kind of premium increases year after year, and that's why we had to do reforms," said Rep. Perriello.

Independent candidate, Jeff Clark, had a different view of the legislation.

"I think we'd have far more confidence in this health care proposal if the first benchmark we came to wasn't a failure," he said.

Clark also addressed the absence of Republican challenger, Robert Hurt, who chose not to attend Monday's forum. Hurt had a similar forum with State Farm employees on Friday.

State Farm says they do not endorse a particular candidate and the events are non-partisan.

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