GALLIPOLIS — Voters will have an opportunity to speak with some of their representatives this Friday, Oct. 19 at the upcoming Gallia County Chamber Legislative Town Hall.
Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the program begins at 10 a.m. at the Bossard Memorial Library in the Riverside Room. Admission is free and there will be light refreshments served.
Confirmed to appear at the event are State Rep. Ryan Smith (R) and State Sen. Bob Peterson (R), as well as representatives from the following legislators: U.S. Congressman Bill Johnson (R), Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) who is the running mate of Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) on the GOP gubernatorial ticket, and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R). Locally, representatives from both county and city commissions are expected to attend as well.
Both Smith and Peterson are running for re-election. For State Senator of the seventeenth district, Scott Dailey is running as a democrat against incumbent Peterson. For State Representative of the 93rd district, democrat Samantha Thomas-Bush is running against republican and incumbent Smith.
Johnson, who will be represented at the event by a legislative aide, is facing off against democrat Shawna Roberts in the sixth district of Ohio. Of course, Husted and DeWine are squaring off against democrats Richard Cordary and Betty Sutton, Constance Gadell-Newton and Brett R. Joseph of the Green Party and Travis M. Irvine and J. Todd Grayson of the libertarians.
The legislative town hall will allow residents to voice their concerns directly to their representatives and allow the representatives to connect with constituents one one one.
The event is hosted by the chamber and Bossard Library and sponsored by AT&T.
Beth Sergent is editor of Ohio Valley Publishing.