State Senator Sandoval Causes Scandal At Candidates Forum, Escorted Out Of Church Hall By Police
For Immediate Release- October 27, 2012
Statement from P.A.S.O: West Suburban Action Project
STATE SENATOR SANDOVAL CAUSES SCANDAL AT CANDIDATES FORUM,
ESCORTED OUT OF CHURCH HALL BY POLICE
Faith and community leaders demand apology. Send message they want solutions, not political stunts
Melrose Park, IL – Faith and community leaders gathered this morning for a non-partisan candidate forum with the candidates for State Representative of the 77th district. Local leaders converged for the first forum of its kind, organized by P.A.S.O.- West Suburban Action Project in the newly created district, which is now 57% Latino. P.A.S.O. worked with a coalition of organizations in 2011 to insure passage majority-minority district.
Faith and community leaders asked questions to both candidates present, Angelo Saviano and Kathleen Willis, about key Latino issues in the area including education, public safety and immigration. During questions section, state Senator Martin Sandoval (who does not represent the area) walked in, and began screaming and disrupting forum in an erratic manner. He continued for several minutes- at times sitting on the ground and other times standing on chairs screaming. After refusing to respect the forum, Senator Sandoval was escorted out by police, at the chanting of community members “Get out” and “Respect”. The forum continued with both candidates.
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