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Two Republican candidates for the 7th Congressional Seat are setting aside any differences they have for one night and joining forces. KSMU’s Justin Lux has the story.
Republican candidates Michael Wardell and Jeff Wisdom will be holding a town hall meeting tonight at the Nixa Community Center where all citizens are invited to the open forum. Wardell says their hope is to engage the voters.
“We want to break it out there for anybody to stand up and throw us a curveball and we only have a few rules. Don’t be rude, don’t insult us and if you want to launch into a diatribe put your name on a ballot and stand up with us,” says Wardell.
One of the issues that will most likely be discussed will be the lack of a Veterans Hospital in southwest Missouri. Wardell, a disabled veteran himself, says it is a concern when the number of veterans in this area is constantly growing and aging.
“It’s a huge disadvantage considering we are the third largest city in the state, but yet we don’t have a V.A. hospital. We have a V.A. center and we have a small clinic in Mount Vernon and a small clinic in Branson, but there is no facility here considering the amount of people that have served our military,” Wardell says.
Wardell says he has been in close contact with Secretary of Veteran Affairs, Eric Shinseki, and says that Shinseki’s office understands the problem and is currently trying to uncover more information.
Wardell and Wisdom will face six other candidates in the Republican primary in August. The other Republican candidates are Steve Hunter, Billy Long, Gary Nodler, Mike Moon, Jack Goodman and Darrell Moore.
There are two candidates in the Democratic primary, Tim Davis and Scott Eckersley.
For KSMU News, I’m Justin Lux.