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Lewis constituents call for town hall

Constituents of Rep. Jason Lewis, frustrated with his lack of planned town halls during the Congressional recess, have taken it upon themselves to plan "Congressional District 2 Constituent Town Halls With or Without Rep. Jason Lewis."

The first meeting will be from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at Wentworth Library in West St. Paul. The second meeting will be from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Burnhaven Library in Burnsville.

Those attending the meeting will review Lewis' activity in Congress so far, allow constituents to ask questions they would like to ask Lewis and have local legislators speak.

According to organizers, Lewis has been invited to these meetings but has declined. Lewis provided a written statement saying he appreciates hearing from all his constituents and is committed to representing them. 

"I’m committed to holding a town hall," he wrote. "While the voting schedule in Washington has been particularly busy, I have been taking advantage of all the ways I have to meet, hear from and see constituents at home or in Washington. I do not endorse a partisan, political point-scoring event filtering down from nationally organized 'Indivisible' groups with handbooks from Democrat former staffers. I want a respectful exchange with those who want to be heard."

Some of those ways of connecting with his contituents have included letter ane email responses, e-newsletters and telephone town halls. Lewis has held two telephone town halls, connecting with large groups of randomly dialed constituents, last week. He also said that there have been some technical problems with the phone service provider at his Burnsville office, but that those would soon be rectified. His district staff, he added, is available in person and his Washington staff is available via phone.