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Schmick holds telephone town hall for Ninth District residents


Ninth Legislative District Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, is inviting all district residents to participate in an upcoming telephone town hall Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Citizens wishing to join the hour-long community conversation can do so by calling toll-free, 1-877-229-8493 and entering pin number 15440 when prompted.

Schmick, who has hosted telephone town halls in the past, said the format works well for legislators from large, rural districts.

“The Ninth District is one of the largest legislative districts in the state,” Schmick said. “It’s not really conducive to your typical town hall format. We’d have to host eight or nine in-person town hall meetings around the district to get the same level and variety of participation as we do with one telephone town hall.”

With the 2013 legislative session about one-fifth of the way through its scheduled 105 days, Schmick said now is a perfect time to gauge citizen interest on the many issues facing Washington state.

“I’m looking forward to hearing some thoughtful ideas and, hopefully, we can turn some of those ideas and solutions into legislation in the future, Schmick said.

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