BAINBRIDGE -- Republican 8th District Candidate for Congress Dan Stockton recently called upon Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-Evansville) to conduct public meetings during August recess.
Stockton, of Bainbridge in Putnam County, declared his candidacy for the 8th District in June.
He called upon Ellsworth to hold the meetings with 8th District constituents in all 18 counties.
"Congress will be considering very important legislation in the upcoming session and Rep. Ellsworth should be taking his time to hear what the people he represents have to say," Stockton said. "The proposed health care reforms are at the top of the agenda, but there are other significant issues. In the bigger pictures, the growing federal budget deficit and the size and scope of the federal government are issues that need to be addressed.
"The people also deserve to hear where Rep. Ellsworth stands on the issues and face-to-face meetings are ideal for this exchange. He should reconsider his decision to cancel plans to meet with constituents on a widespread basis. What is he afraid of? Let the people be heard."
Stockton said since announcing his candidacy, he has visited constituents in the district.
"Since then, I have visited all counties in the district to hear what people have to say and will continue to do so," he said.