He may rub elbows with some of the top lawmakers in the country, but U.S. Rep. John Hostettler was grateful to be among his 8th District constituents Monday evening.
Despite newspaper advertisements promising only one hour of the Congressman's time, Hostettler, who addressed a crowd of approximately 60 local residents at First Christian Church, Brazil, was still answering questions 2 1/2 hours after he began his speech.
He told the group that the Clay County Town Hall Meeting was the best-attended in his experience in eight years, and his expression of gratitude echoed back to him from around the room.
"You don't appreciate me nearly as much as I appreciate you," he said. "This has been a very healthy discussion."
Hostettler told The Brazil Times one of the most appealing aspects of the town hall-style of meeting is the opportunity to answer residents' wide variety of questions and create a dialog among them.
"This was just a wonderfully attended meeting," he said. "This kind of gives me the opportunity to make the picture clearer."
Of the issues discussed during the evening, he said he was most surprised by a question about military base closings.
Hostettler noted social security was probably the most far-reaching issue, and was surprised there weren't more questions about the subject.
"Not only does this give me a chance to hear from residents and them a chance to hear from me, but they also hear from other citizens," he said. "Out of the counsel of many comes wisdom."