Mid-Missouri State House candidates will gather Thursday to discuss disability-related issues ahead of the Nov. 6 election.

The city of Columbia Disabilities Commission and a coalition of local organizations will host the Columbia Disabilities Issues Forum, which is open to the public, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Woodhaven.

All Missouri State House of Representative candidates for districts 44, 45, 46, 47 and 50 have been invited to participate:

  • District 44: Maren Bell and Cheri Toalson Reisch.
  • District 45: Kip Kendrick.
  • District 46: Martha Stevens and Cathy Richards.
  • District 47: Adrian Plank and Chuck Basye.
  • District 50: Michela Skelton and Sara Walsh .

Candidates will begin with a two- to three-minute opening statement and then answer moderated questions. Topics covered will be those prominent in the disability community, including employment, support services, education, Medicaid managed care, transportation, housing and medical marijuana.

Candidates have been informed of the forum’s topics and will have the chance to explain how they would address current issues that people with disabilities face, according to Mark Satterwhite of Boone County Family Resources.

Sign language interpreters will be present. Other requests in accommodations related to disability should be made by calling 573-817-5024. Woodhaven is located at 1405 Hathman Place.

Supervising editor is Brendan Crowley: news@columbiamissourian.com, 882-5720.

  • Fall 2018 public life reporter studying news writing. Contact me at nataliemacintosh@mail.missouri.edu.

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