Local Solutions to Poverty Candidate Forum: Dental Care

Nov 29, 2016

Chelsy Shykes shares her story of trying to find dental care while a college student on medical assistance
Credit Lisa Johnson

Low-income Duluthians took center stage at a unique candidate forum in October.  They shared their experiences and struggles with candidates for state and county offices and then asked the candidates - pointedly - for specific commitments and actions on several critical policy measures.

We'll be bringing you their stories and the reactions of the candidates to their requests in the weeks to come.

Here, Chelsey Shykes shared her story of trying to find dental care while a college student on medical assistance.

The questions were determined by four public listening sessions over the summer, in the Endion, Morgan Park, Lincoln Park and Central Hillside neighborhoods.  The Duluth Housing Indicator Report showed that those were the neighborhoods with the highest concentrations of people living in poverty.