The Star-Herald

 Jackson to hold virtual town hall meeting on May 27

AUGUSTA, Maine — Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, will hold a virtual town hall meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, to provide updates on the COVID-19 pandemic, talk about Maine’s response to the public health and economic crisis, and answer questions from constituents. 

The Town Hall Project will put on and moderate this event. The virtual town hall will begin at 6 p.m. and can be streamed live via Facebook: facebook.com/TroyJacksonmaine or facebook.com/TownHallProject. Individuals interested in participating can submit questions to the Town Hall Project in advance.

 Town Hall Project will select a range of participants representative of the district. If there is time, the moderator will take questions from the comments section of the Facebook Live video. Viewers don’t need to have a Facebook account to stream the event.

“It’s more important now than ever for folks to be able to contact their elected officials, ask questions and get answers. We may not be able to hold in-person meetings or other events, but it’s incumbent upon us as lawmakers to find new and creative ways to connect with our constituents. With this virtual town hall, that is exactly what I’m trying to do,” said President Jackson. “I’m grateful to Town Hall Project for helping me put this together and get folks answers.”

 “Town Hall Project is thrilled to moderate this virtual town hall with Senate President Jackson and his fellow Mainers,” said Nathan Williams, executive director of Town Hall Project. “We’re committed to facilitating a virtual town hall that replicates as closely as possible the face-to-face conversations that are the hallmarks of a traditional town hall meeting.”

 Town Hall Project is a nonprofit organization founded on the belief that democracy is stronger when Americans and their elected representatives meet face-to-face. The organization tracks and encourages opportunities for constituents to meet with elected officials at all levels of government all across the country. 

Last year, Town Hall Project named President Jackson a 2019 Stand-Out State Legislator for prioritizing accessibility to constituents in the Maine Legislature. President Jackson was one of only 11 state lawmakers across the country to earn this recognition.

 

 

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