Republican candidate for Congressional District 8 Debbie Lesko explains why she is the best choice
April 23, 2018
Republican candidate for Congressional District 8 Debbie Lesko believes she has the best chance of winning, but she’s not taking anything for granted.
A recent poll from Emerson College showed the Democrat candidate Hiral Tipirneni winning by one percent. Many other polls are showing Lesko winning by even double digits in the highly Republican district.
“I think we saw with President Trump’s election is that the polls weren’t always accurate,” Lesko says.
The polls for the special election close at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24. Two thirds of the ballots were turned in early with Republicans composing nearly half of those votes and Democrats only a little over a quarter.
“I don’t take anything for granted,” Lesko says. “We’re a Republican district and the returns coming back look good for Republicans… It looks good, but I don’t take anything for granted. This is the way it always is. When one party is in control the other party wants to take back control. The Democrats are very motivated.”
Last week Lesko was in D.C., where she received public support from Speaker Paul Ryan. Many other Republicans, including the previous incumbent for the Congressional chair in District 8, Trent Franks, have endorsed Lesko. Ryan’s support has raised some eyebrows as the Speaker is known for supporting limits on Social Security and Medicare.
“I’m comfortable with anyone who wants to come out and support me,” Lesko says. “I’m certainly going to protect Social Security and Medicare… I think we need to protect Social Security and Medicare for the people who are relying on it and for the people who are close to that age of relying on it as well.”
Lesko says she would consider creating a pension reform like she did for firefighters and police officers. She says with just a few tweaks, they were able to save a lot of money in the long term. Instead of cracking down on Social Security and Medicare, she says she would look into how to stop the fraudulent sale of food stamps.
Rather than healthcare for all, Lesko says she believes that everyone should have access to healthcare and that this is one of the topics that separates her from her opponent. Tipirneni has talked about her belief in a public option for healthcare.
“I certainly don’t agree with my opponent in having Medicare for all or a buy-in or whatever she wants to call it,” Lesko says. “I believe in free market healthcare.”
Lesko says she believes in free markets and limited governments, but not socialized medicine which is what she says her opponent is advocating. Tipirneni has denied that in the past.
Having been involved in the West Valley for the last 20 years, both as a resident and as a politician, Lesko says she understands the district and what they need. She says she shares the values of the conservative population in the district.