Steve Knight Refuses To Attend Eastside HIgh School Student-Led Candidate Forum

Immediate Release: August 17, 2016    

Steve Knight Refuses To Attend Eastside HIgh School Student-Led Candidate Forum

Congressman Has Refused 5 Debate Requests From Community Groups, Local Press and Now Students

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Today Bryan Caforio, candidate in California’s 25th Congressional District, put the spotlight on Congressman Steve Knight’s refusal once again to accept an invitation to debate.

Earlier this summer, Eastside High School (Lancaster) Social Studies teacher Matt Hess reached out to both the Knight and Caforio campaigns seeking available dates for participation in a student-led 25th Congressional District forum. Today, Mr. Hess and the students of Eastside High School were informed Rep. Knight had declined their invitation.

“My classmates and I were really disappointed to hear that Congressman Knight won’t be coming to our candidate forum. With many of us looking ahead to life after high school, I would have liked to have heard what the congressman’s positions are on jobs, the cost of college and healthcare. We aren’t just dumb kids, we are future voters who care about these issues,” said Cindy Garcia, Junior, Eastside High School. 

This marks the fifth time Congressman Knight has dodged a debate, including most recently a request from the Santa Clarita Valley Signal Newspaper.

“A sitting Congressman owes his constituents the opportunity to hear vigorous and substantive debate about the future direction of the district,” said Caforio. “It’s especially disappointing that a Congressman would tell students, who are the future of the district, he doesn’t have time for them.” 

Caforio was born and raised in Southern California by two public school teachers, attended UCLA and Yale Law School, worked for a United States federal judge, and practices as an attorney taking on some of the world’s biggest banks. Bryan lives in Santa Clarita with his wife Lisa, who serves as a Deputy City Attorney at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.

The 25th District covers northern Los Angeles County and part of Ventura County including the Antelope Valley, Palmdale, Lancaster, Santa Clarita, and Simi Valley. President Obama won the district in 2008, and experts consider it a toss-up in a Presidential election year. Last year Democratic registration eclipsed Republican registration for the first time, and the district is now majority-minority. National Republicans list Congressman Knight as one of their most vulnerable incumbents.

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