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Thursday, March 31, 2011

In an effort to reach out to constituents, representatives for United States Congressman for the 8th District Larry Bucshon have been making the rounds.

On Thursday, they visited Clay County.

Field representative Matthew Huckleby stopped by the Clay County Courthouse for an opportunity for residents to voice concerns, issues, problems, opinions and more regarding the federal government.

Huckleby, who is responsible for the nine northern counties that make up the 8th District, was scheduled to make stops in Putnam and Vermillion counties later in the day.

"We will do this one time per month," Huckleby said. "(Congressman Bucshon) has expressed to our staff that we're available to folks. He wants people to know where to go."

Bucshon spokesman Matthew Ballard added the listening sessions were launched in March.

The goal is to field questions from constituents and then send them to Washington, D.C., for responses. Those with questions or concerns should expect a response within a couple of weeks.

"We understand with our district offices being in Terre Haute and Evansville, it may not be feasible for our constituents to travel," Ballard said. "This is a chance for us to reach out to the constituents. It's an opportunity to meet with a member of Congressman Bucshon's staff.

"We have 18 counties in our district. We can't be in all 18 at all times. It's a great chance for us to meet (constituents)."

Ballard said visits have already been made to Greene, Parke, Fountain and Warren counties.

"Our goal is to be in each county once a month," Ballard said. "From what we've received, it's been very positive. People have been very appreciative of the effort that Congressman Bucshon is making."

Bowling Green resident Pat Thomas agreed.

"It's key for us," Thomas said after meeting with Huckleby Thursday morning. "I wanted to make my voice heard. I do want to be in the loop of information."

Thomas added she has always had success when it came to receiving responses from meetings like these.

"I've had excellent responses, not the responses I've always wanted to hear, but the rapport is always there," Thomas said.

A handful of residents took advantage of the session Thursday. Advance notice of all sessions will be provided.



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