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Huizenga trying to find dates for in-person town hall

February 17, 2017 GMT

The office of U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, is in the process of scheduling two in-person town hall events.

They would be the first in-person town halls events so far in his latest term.

The legislator has had telephone town halls, the first on Feb. 7, which used a calling system that did not accept cell phones. To remedy that, Huizenga’s office has posted the audio from both events online, and used a different calling system for a second telephone town hall Feb. 15. Listen at www.huizenga.house.gov/uploadedfiles/2.17.15.huizenga.tth.corrected.mp3.

Thousands of people signed on for the second call, and about 50 requested to ask questions. During the hour-long event, Huizenga was able to answer nine of them.

“The purpose of holding telephone town halls is to reach out to constituents. They are a unique way to reach tens of thousands of constituents across the 2nd Congressional District at the same time,” Patrick said. “We have been incredibly transparent in this process.”

The office is in the process of scheduling two in-person town hall events, one in Lake County and one in the southern portion of the district, Patrick added, but dates are still being chosen.

Residents of the 2nd District can sign up to be notified of future telephone town halls at www. huizenga.house.gov/forms/form/?ID=1052.

Town halls have been a concern for some of the legislator’s constituents this month. People gathered at his Grandville office earlier this week in protest of his lack of in-person town hall meetings so far this term.

Huizenga’s Communications Director Brian Patrick took issue with Thursday’s Ludington Daily News story, which cited criticism among constituents due to a lack of in-person town hall meetings. The story included the words “issues with transparency” in characterizing the criticism, which Patrick stated is not accurate.

A Facebook post from Feb. 8, he said, “contains a very transparent answer to what happened as well as the announcement of the next telephone town hall (Feb. 15) and the posted audio from both events.”

The post addressed issues with cell phone calls during the first telephone town hall.

See updates when town hall dates are announced in coming editions of your Ludington Daily News.