Lt. Gov. candidates attend Mt. Pleasant town hall meeting

Ken Ard, left, and Ashley Cooper
Ken Ard, left, and Ashley Cooper

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Candidates for South Carolina's lieutenant governor position were in Mount Pleasant Monday morning.

Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer hosted a town hall meeting on senior issues at the Mt. Pleasant senior center. The meeting is the first of three meetings Bauer is holding with democrat and Charleston native Ashley Cooper and republican Ken Ard of Florence.

The Lt. Gov. is in charge of the state's office on aging so the meetings are meant to give senior citizens a chance to voice their concerns about services affecting them.

Ard said Monday that he has a three-fold plan for seniors including protection against fraud, stricter punishment for criminals and healthier population.

"How do you create a healthier senior population, you create a healthier younger population?" Ard asked. "I want our seniors to participate in a grandparent, parent, child walkathon, bikeathon, 5k run. We've got to create a healthier populous."

Cooper said he wants to make sure seniors have access to food, transportation and in-home care and that crime rates are reduced.

"We need a 20 year strategic plan, and if done properly, we can have the in-home care, the transportation  we need, and we can provide a better quality of life for our seniors that actually saves money for the taxpayer," Cooper said.

Bauer will hold two more town hall meetings this week in Greenville and Florence.

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