GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren hosted a public town hall in Greenfield Saturday morning to talk to local constituents about issues ahead of election season. 22News is working for you on what issues mattered most to both voters and the Senator.

Senator Warren met with local constituents at GCC, who were encouraged to attend the public event and ask questions. The Q and A event at Greenfield Community College Core Patio was on the first day of early voting for the state’s primary.

The Senator’s visit also coming on the heels of President Biden’s student loan forgiveness announcement.
Addressing a hearty crowd, Warren expressed her support of Biden’s plan, which would grant up to $20,000 in debt forgiveness for eligible borrowers. She has represented Massachusetts in the US Senate since 2012 and is the first-ever female US Senator from the Commonwealth.

“On Thursday morning, 20 million Americans woke up and for the first time in their adult lives, they owe nothing to the federal government on their student loans,” said Senator Warren.

22News asked Warren what she’d say to critics of the move, who argue that this debt forgiveness is unfair to those who have paid off their loans. “What’s fair about the fact that fewer than two percent of the students at Harvard have to borrow money to go to school? But half the students at the state schools and 80 percent of the students at historically black colleges and universities? Talk to me about fair,” expressed Warren.

Local voters said debt forgiveness is one of several important issues to them. “I know that she will talk about the importance of protecting democracy, helping those who are most in need of help. Persisting and getting aid for the poor, minorities, veterans, women, children and I want to support her in all those things,” said Susan Demattos of Greenfield.

The state primary here in Massachusetts is September 6.