The Arc and Self-Advocates of Tomorrow plan candidate forum

COLUMBUS, Ind. — The Arc and Self-Advocates of Tomorrow have announced that they will have a forum with local candidates running for state and federal office to discuss disability, social justice and community issues.

The event is open to the public and will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Red Room at the Bartholomew County Public Library and feature candidates running for Indiana State House District 59, Indiana Senate District 41 and Indiana’s Sixth Congressional District.

As of Wednesday, Rep. Ryan Lauer, R-Columbus; Sen. Greg Walker, R-Columbus; their Democratic challengers Ross Thomas and Bryan Munoz; and Cinde Wirth, the Democratic nominee for Indiana’s Sixth Congressional District, have confirmed to the event’s organizers that they will attend.

Some of the topics to be discussed at the event include eligibility for disability benefits and programs for married individuals, as well as minimum wage, transportation, vocational rehab, among other potential topics, said Grace Kestler, executive director of The Arc and Columbus City Council member.