Eclectic one of Roby’s tour stops

Published 10:01am Monday, September 2, 2013

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby will visit Eclectic as she makes a tour of Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District during the summer break.
The two-term congresswoman announced will visit Eclectic Town Hall as part of her “Martha Listens” tour. The event will be Sept. 4 at 11 a.m. in the municipal courtroom at 145 Main Street.
Roby, who visited Eclectic often during her first campaign, said she believes people are “tired of politicians just talking at them.”
“Folks in Eclectic have always been so welcoming to me while also providing needed feedback about what’s going on in Washington,” Roby said. “I want to use this valuable time with constituents as an opportunity to listen to their concerns and better understand what’s important to them.”
Eclectic Mayor Michael Holton said he welcomes the visit, since so often politicians’ emphasis is on the larger population centers.
“I think it’s good that a congressman would actually come to a small town like this and allow citizens to express point of view,” he said. “Too often we’re put to the wayside by the bigger communities and forgotten about.”
Roby said she hopes to hear from all area residents.
and feels Eclectic is a good central location. She also heard from Elmore County conservatives at a Wetumpka Tea Party town hall meeting earlier this month.
“My message to those I represent is: whether it’s a specific problem you’re having with the federal government, general frustration over how Washington is working, or a new idea you want to share, come talk to me about it,” she said. “My job is to listen and understand your concerns so I can be a better voice for you in Congress.”
The town hall setting will continue on the Internet, she said, and she invited constituents to join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #MarthaListens.

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