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House 1st District hopeful talks to Effingham Democrats
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Pictured are Effingham County Democratic Committee vice chair Jimmie Snooks, U.S. House candidate Amy Tavio, ECDC vice chair Lloyd Dees and ECDC chair Jack Garvin. - photo by Photo provided

First District U.S. House candidate Amy Tavio was a big hit at the meeting of the Effingham Democrats last Thursday.

“She is exciting and enthusiastic, and inspired us to get out and help her get elected,” said Claudia Collier, secretary of the ECDC.  “She spoke about her personal experiences with having inadequate insurance for her son who became chronically ill, paying over $15,000 a year out-of-pocket, and how she now has affordable family coverage with an insurance company on the exchange.”

Added Tavio: “We need to work together to work out the kinks in the Affordable Care Act. Quality health care that is accessible to all helps middle-class, working families ride the highs and lows of life, without bankrupting Americans or our hospitals. As with the other critical issues facing us today — job creation, education, and tax reform — I am certain there are common sense pragmatic solutions we can implement to have the ACA work.”

The Effingham Democratic party has hosted several candidates at their meetings this year, giving voters a chance to meet and question them on why and how they would represent us in Washington.

“We are hoping to invite another candidate in April as well,” Collier said.

The Effingham Democrats recently elected a new vice chair to replace Homer Wallace, who has become too ill to serve and recently resigned from the committee.   Rev. Lloyd Dees joins chair Jack Garvin and first vice chair Jimmie Snooks to lead the group.