Open Forum with Auditor General Eugene DePasquale
Democratic Candidate for Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District
As we find ourselves in the midst of a global pandemic, our foremost priority must be to find a vaccine for COVID-19 and stem the pain of its current economic impact on families and businesses. But as we get past the immediate challenges posed by the virus and its economic fallout, it is critical we begin to think about how we rebuild. Our world, pre-coronavirus, already faced another existential danger, one that is revealing the potential scope of the danger it presents with California suffering from its worst fire season in memory, climate change.
As policy makers, movement leaders, private industry and everyday citizens think about how we rebuild, we can and must factor sustainability and green technology into that equation. Eugene DePasquale, candidate for Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional district will be speaking about how we can use 2021 and beyond as a moment to set our economy and the world on a sustainable path by addressing climate change, structural economic challenges like income inequality, and setting the stage for future prosperity.
This event is also an open forum where questions by the general public can be posed via YouTube chat during the livestream. (Congressman Scott Perry was also invited to participate in an open forum but declined the offer)
This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues.
Biography (provided by speaker)
Over the past 7 years, Eugene DePasquale has served as Pennsylvania’s Auditor General, functioning as the fiscal watchdog for the state and holding politicians and government agencies alike, accountable to Pennsylvania taxpayers. In the role DePasquale has been credited for eliminating Pennsylvania’s rape kit backlog, and identifying $1 billion in misspent or recoverable taxpayer funds.
DePasquale is now running for Congress, seeing the need for independent, bipartisan leadership, at a time when polarization and the influence of corporate special interests has left our capital paralyzed. In Congress, he has vowed to fight to expand access to affordable, quality healthcare, reduce the power of corporate influence on our politics, and hold both political parties accountable to the American people.