A Tennessee 2nd Congressional district candidate forum was hosted Monday, Apr. 23, 2018, by the American Association of University Women, Maryville Branch, the League of Women Voters of Blount County and The Daily Times.

Nine of the fourteen candidates attended the forum. Two missing candidates were Tim Burchett and Jimmy Matlock.

Some of the topics discussed included gun violence, gender pay gap and privatizing the Tennessee Valley Authority.

It appears obvious to me that some of the people are not qualified.

Question: If elected, how would you support proposed legislation aimed at closing the gender pay gap?

Independent candidate Greg Samples response: “Women often work less hours, oftentimes part time, or take time off. The actual pay gap is really like 3 cents,” said Independent candidate Greg Samples, who then was heckled by the nearly 130 audience members. “But with more women in medical school and law school, these things are going to change.”

Republican candidate Jason Frederick Emert's response: “I’m a business person, and this is not something the government needs to be involved in,” said Republican candidate Jason Frederick Emert. “It’s a slippery slope.”

Question: What measures do you support to improve and secure elections and voting in our country?

Various responses: "campaign finance reform", "fair election laws in this country", "a national voting holiday", "you cannot spend more than half your salary on the election", "make sure those voting booths are not connected to the internet", "need to show a picture ID. If you have to have a picture ID to buy beer or cigarettes, you should have to have one to vote.”

What are ya gonna do?

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