Tim Sheridan Accepts Invitation to Debate 23-1/2 Year Incumbent Congressman Ken Calvert – June 21, 2016

Tim Sheridan, the Democratic candidate for Congress in California’s 42nd District, has accepted an invitation from the Lake Elsinore Citizens Committee to debate 23-1/2 year incumbent Congressman Ken Calvert in October.

“I want to debate Mr. Calvert,” Sheridan said. “I’ll debate him anywhere, anytime and in front of any audience.”

The debate is tentatively scheduled for the second week of October. A spokesperson for the Lake Elsinore Citizens Committee said that the organization wants to hold the debate at the Lake Elsinore Cultural Arts Center.

The Citizens Committee sponsored a debate between the two candidates in 2014, but Mr. Calvert refused to participate. At the time, the Congressman said he would not debate because Mr. Sheridan was too critical of him.

“Candidates who seek to serve in Congress should stand before the voters and debate their opponent,” Sheridan said, “Mr. Calvert’s refusal to debate in the past should be troubling to the residents of the 42nd District. I trust that Mr. Calvert will accept the LECC’s invitation and debate me as proposed.”

California’s 42nd Congressional District, a geographical area shaped like the letter “X.” runs along the I-15 corridor from Eastvale, southeast to Temecula, and northeast along the I-215 and CA-79 corridors to Beaumont. It also includes the communities of Corona, Norco, Lake Elsinore, Wildomar, Murrieta, Menifee, Sun City, Winchester, Homeland and Nuevo. Mr. Sheridan lives in Lake Elsinore.