Rob Curnock, Republican candidate for Congress in District 17, Aug. 12 announced three town hall meetings on health care and other important issues, to be held in the coming weeks in Central Texas.
"The cornerstone of our representative system is the relationship between elected officials and their constituents, and regular opportunities for open dialogue is critical in maintaining that relationship," Curnock said. "I am disappointed that our current congressman won't meet with groups of Central Texas voters who have legitimate concerns and questions about legislation being considered in Congress."
The following Town Halls are currently being scheduled to allow voters in all parts of District 17 a chance to be heard on these important issues:
6:30 – 8 pm, Thursday, Aug. 20
Onward & Upward Building, 4709 Bosque Blvd.
6:30 – 8 pm, Tuesday, Aug. 25
Burleson City Hall, 141 W. Renfro St.
6:30 – 8 pm, Thursday Aug. 27
Sue Haswell Pavilion, 1142 E. Wm. J. Bryan Pkwy
According to media reports, our current congressman plans to hold no open Town Hall events in the district during the August recess. Media reports indicate he is planning a controlled telephone conference, which is not an ideal format for open discussion on such an important issue.
"This is a great example of how our current congressman is out of touch with the people of Central Texas. He has spent too long in Washington and is not working as a faithful servant looking out for our interests," Curnock said. "It is time for real change in Central Texas, time for a congressman who will listen to the people of District 17, and who will bring our conservative values to the House floor."
Curnock and his volunteer campaign staff will take voter feedback, both discussion and written comments, and craft concrete proposals for legislators working on health care bills. Copies of the feedback and proposals will be sent to our current congressman and Senators Hutchison and Cornyn, as well as other conservative leaders in Congress.
"I call on our current congressman to listen to the people of Central Texas," Curnock said. "But if he refuses, we will do everything we can to make sure our voices are heard in Congress."
Curnock, the 2008 Republican candidate for Congress in District 17, came within a few percentage points of upsetting a longtime liberal Democrat congressman, who outspent the Republican by almost $2 million in the race. Curnock's 2010 campaign is already well under way, buoyed by wide support from grassroots volunteers across the District.
"For too long, the people of this District have had a congressman who consistently votes the Democrat Party line, on issues ranging from taxes and spending to refusing to support our troops in harm's way," Curnock said. "We deserve a congressman who is responsive to the will of the people of Central Texas. That responsibility goes beyond funneling taxpayer money from Washington to pet projects here; it's an obligation to represent our values and stand up to the likes of Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi."
News media are welcome to attend any of the town hall events, as are area voters who are in favor of current health care legislation and those opposed to it. For more information, or to submit feedback on health care issues, send email to [email protected]. Visit Rob Curnock for Congress on the web at http://www.robcurnockforcongress.com.