Congressional candidate begins RV tour in Baldwin
BALDWIN — Congressional candidate Rob Davidson pulled into the parking lot of the Lake County Democratic Party headquarters on Saturday morning in Baldwin in an RV painted in red white and blue with the slogan, “Rob Davidson for Congress. Forward Together.”
Baldwin was the first stop on his listening tour.
“This is a good crowd on a Saturday in April to come see some guy driving through town,” he told attendees. “I am on this campaign trail to win the primary in August and certainly try to get to the November election. I am running to win. Our current congressman started his listening tour last February in Baldwin. My path on this race started in Baldwin on Feb. 25 during his tour. I was concerned about the Affordable Care Act and he called on me to debate. About a month later, I decided to run.”
Davidson said he is touring every county in Michigan’s 2nd congressional district, calling the RV his mobile campaign office.
During the stop, he talked about the working poor.
“Lake County is 60 percent ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). I want to help these 60 percent make it above the threshold. People deserve to get by and make ends meet,” he said.
Shawn Washington, president of the Baldwin Community Schools Board of Education and director of Lake County Habitat for Humanity discussed her concerns.
“I have lived here a majority of my life and made it my choice to live here, but we have some needs,” she said. “The biggest issue is there is no place for people to work and there are housing issues. Housing is the foundation of everything. We need someone to help who understands these issues. My son graduates college in two weeks and his chances of coming back here are very slim.”
He also talked about his support of Medicare for all, housing, transportation, privatized prisons and health access for veterans.
After the discussion, people were able to tour Davidson’s RV.