Rep. Erik Paulsen (R) on Thursday announced that he would be holding three town halls on Wednesday. The Third Congressional District’s representative will meet with community members who responded to the RSVP form on his site in Brooklyn Park, Chanhassen, and Hamel.
“Thank you for your interest in joining Congressman Erik Paulsen for a live town hall meeting in Hamel,” the RSVP form reads. “We’re still finalizing details of the event, but we encourage you to sign up here to attend.
“To ensure constituents of Rep. Paulsen have as much time as possible to speak with the Congressman, the event is limited to residents of Minnesota’s Third Congressional District only.”
The event site also says that “attendees will be selected at random” and should have received a ticket over the weekend if they were selected.
These are the first town hall events Paulsen has held in seven years. Jena Martin of Indivisible MN03 said her organization deserves much of the credit for bringing Paulsen to the town hall. In February 2017, the group circulated a petition requesting a town hall event that ultimately received 1,868 signatures.
“Although he never did reply directly to our petition asking for regular town halls, Martin said, “I believe this is a direct response to pressure that Indivisible MN03 has put on his office over the last year and a half.”
Paulsen’s challenger, Dean Phillips of the Democratic Farmer-Labor Party, said attendees should “bring their passion and their tough questions, but to also treat everyone there – including Congressman Paulsen – with respect. That’s the Minnesota way!”
“Rest assured, voters in the Third District will have many more than three opportunities to visit with me between now and November 6,” Phillips added.
These three events are important opportunities for the citizens of the Third Congressional District to make their voices heard on a variety of issues, from Paulsen’s environmental record to his refusal to support commonsense gun legislation. But what these town halls won’t do is make us forget that it’s been seven long years since Paulsen held such an event. And that’s why he’ll be out of a job when we turn out to vote in November.
Featured image via Michael Vadon.