Representative Vern Ehlers–Grand Rapids’ long-serving Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives–will host his annual town hall meeting this Saturday. The meeting will take place on Saturday, May 2 from 9:00am to 10:00am at the Gerald R. Ford Museum at 303 Pearl St. NW.
As has been the case with previous meetings, Ehlers will “report on Congressional activity” and then take questions and comments from constituents. Typically, this means he talks for about twenty minutes before calling on audience members and avoiding their questions. Ehlers doesn’t appear too often in public, so this is a good opportunity to let him know what you think of his policies–even though he is no stranger to voting against his constituents’ wishes.
Previous town hall meetings have been covered by MediaMouse.org. Nothing has really come out of them and they rarely garner coverage by the local corporate media:
- 2008: Congressman Ehlers Avoids Answering Hard Questions at Town Hall Meeting
- 2007: Rep. Vern Ehlers Refuses to do anything to End the Iraq War at Town Hall Meeting
- 2006: Vern Ehlers Answers Questions from Constituents at Annual “Town Hall” Meeting
- 2005: Ehlers Praises NAFTA; Takes no Position on CAFTA at Town Hall Meeting
It’s worth noting that at the 2006 town hall meeting, Ehlers said that due to public interest he would either add another meeting in the fall or expand the 2007 meeting to an hour-and-a-half. Ehlers did neither and continues to hold only one public meeting each year with constituents.