GALLIPOLIS — The Gallia County Chamber of Commerce’s annual “Meet Your Legislators Day” is a popular event that attracts many people because it allows constituents to get up-close and personal with their elected leaders.
The event, which is open to the public, will be 10 a.m. May 6 in the Riverside Room of Bossard Memorial Library.
Coffee and a breakfast assortment will be available about 30 minutes before the event, which places national, state and local legislators or their representatives in the same room with their constituency.
“I believe this is one of the most important chamber events of the year, not just for businesses, but also for the community,” Michelle Miller, executive director of the Gallia County Chamber of Commerce, said. “The decisions made by those in office affect our everyday lives and this event gives the public the opportunity to not only hear from our representatives at all levels of government, but also ask questions.”
Miller said the legislators’ accessibility to their constituents is one of the mainstays of “Meet Your Legislators Day.”
“Each year, someone in the audience is able to ask and get answered an important question that directly affects them or their business,” she said.
Elected officials, who have confirmed their attendance, are Todd Shelton, southeast Ohio district representative for U.S. Sen. Rob Portman; U.S. Congressman Bill Johnson; Ohio Sen. Bob Peterson; Ohio Rep. Ryan Smith; Kathleen Young, southeast Ohio regional liaison for Gov. John Kasich; Gallia County Commission President Harold Montgomery; and Gallipolis City Commission President Tony Gallagher.
Each participant will have five minutes to give an update on national, state or local government activities. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentations. Those expected to attend include not only Gallia County residents, but also those from surrounding counties.
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