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Demand REAL town hall meetings

LINDA BARTON

State College

Recent letters remind us that all elected state and federal officials representing Centre County could be on the November 2022 ballot. Pennsylvania representatives, including Kerry Benninghoff and Scott Conklin, certain state senators, including Jake Corman, and all Congressional representatives, including Glenn Thompson and Fred Keller, will be up for re-election next year should they choose to run.

Together, they represent most of our region.

Although that election is still some 19 months away, now is the time for incumbents and voters to make serious commitments. To Benninghoff, Conklin, Corman, Thompson, and Keller: Will you commit NOW to hold multiple Town Hall meetings in State College, the Centre Region and Centre County starting as soon as the pandemic allows? To be true Town Halls, these meetings must be open to the public and press, advertised in advance, with unscreened questions and opportunity for follow-up. We don’t know when public meetings will be advisable, but each incumbent can commit today.

Will each of you promise to do this?

Voters: Will you make a parallel commitment NOW to not vote for any incumbent of either party not willing to hold multiple, open Town Hall meetings throughout the region? Will you contact your representatives to tell them? It’s challenging to stay current on pressing issues in Harrisburg and Washington.

Regular public Town Hall meetings will inform us all.

Voters should demand them–and incumbents who want our votes should be more than willing to offer them.

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