Candidates Discuss Community Issues at Moreno Valley Town Hall Ahead of Riverside County Primary

In anticipation of the upcoming November election, residents of the Inland Empire gathered at Trinity Baptist Church in Moreno Valley on February 22 to engage with candidates vying for various offices across the region. The event provided an opportunity for attendees to hear directly from candidates about their stances on key community issues.

Among the candidates present were Cpl. David Serpa, Incumbent Mayor of Moreno Valley Ulises Cabrera, and Angelo Farooq. Serpa emphasized the importance of unionizing multinational corporations to address economic challenges facing local communities, citing entities like Target, Walmart, and Starbucks as examples.

Questions posed to the candidates spanned a range of topics, including parks and recreation, healthcare, and the proliferation of new warehouses across the Inland Empire. Notably, Moreno Valley is gearing up for its mayoral election this year, with Mayor Cabrera expressing his intention to seek a second term, emphasizing affordability as a central theme in his campaign.

Farooq highlighted the significant budget deficit facing the state and emphasized the need for fiscal responsibility. Meanwhile, Mayor Cabrera touted Moreno Valley’s success in reducing crime rates in contrast to statewide trends.

With the primary elections scheduled for March 5, both Republican and Democratic parties in Riverside County are actively campaigning to secure victories for their respective candidates in the November election. Notably, Congressman Mark Takano and State Assemblyman Corey Jackson were invited to the town hall meeting but were unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts.

According to Daniel Peeden, communications director for Jackson’s office, Jackson was out of town on the day of the event and was represented by campaign representative Jorge Zavala, who engaged with constituents on behalf of the candidate.

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The town hall provided a valuable platform for residents to engage with candidates and gain insights into their policy priorities and visions for the region’s future. As the election season progresses, voters will continue to evaluate candidates’ platforms and make informed decisions to shape the trajectory of their communities.

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