SC Lt. Gov. candidates spotlight aging issues

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's candidates for lieutenant governor are focusing on aging issues in a forum held by AARP.

Spokesman Patrick Cobb says Monday's forum focuses on senior issues because the state's No. 2 job oversees the Office on Aging.

Republican Ken Ard said in a debate last week he wants the office to be consumer friendly and efficient and that he wants to promote wellness among seniors.

Democrat Ashley Cooper said too many of the state's elderly are hungry and lack transportation. He said programs that help seniors should be broadened without burdening the taxpayer.

The forum is being held at the Brookland Baptist Church Conference Center in West Columbia at 7:30 p.m.

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