Op-Ed: Town Halls Scheduled for Public Input

Transparency and accessibility are very important to me and an attribute that should be expected of every elected official.

This is why I have endeavored to meet with as many constituents and attend as many events as possible since taking office in 2019.

I work for you and if we are not connected, the job just won’t get done.  To that end, maintaining a connection to our senate district requires an investment in you and your families.

As a result, I have met with literally thousands of residents, both in person and at events, participated in community discussions, and met with businesses leaders and organizations.

I have held tele-town meetings, and I have kept myself accountable to you by using social media to post which events I am attending, and with whom I am meeting.

My official Facebook page is the largest and most active in the entire Pennsylvania Senate, and I have received feedback that constituents and Commonwealth residents appreciate the transparency. 

I have held several forums in your communities, such as Grant & Loan Seminars, a committee hearing, a Lyme Disease workshop and – – – among other special events – – – veteran pinning ceremonies.

Rest assured, I am far from finished. In fact, I am just getting started.

To represent you properly and effectively, I need to hear your thoughts, ideas and concerns. As part of this ongoing outreach, I am pleased to announce that I am holding a series of in-person town halls.

The two-hour events will be open to the public. No advanced reservations are necessary. 

Town halls are necessary to be an effective legislator; where you look at your elected official in the eye and exchange ideas on how to improve life in our district. 

The town halls will be held in every county that I represent. Here is the complete schedule:

Thursday, Jan. 16th, 6:30-8:30 pm: Adams County Emergency Services Center, 230 Greenamyer Lane, Gettysburg;

Tuesday, Jan. 21st, 6:30-8:30 pm: Franklin Fire Company, 158 West King Street, Chambersburg;

Tuesday, Feb. 18th, 6:30-8:30 pm: Shippensburg American Legion Post 223, 100 Dykeman Road, Shippensburg;

Tuesday, March 3rd, 6:30-8:30 pm: Pleasant Hill Fire Company, 2941 Baltimore Pike, Hanover.

At these events, I plan to provide welcoming remarks and a brief legislative update, but the bulk of the time will revolve around you.

Please plan to attend and tell me what’s working – – – and not working – – – with today’s state government. Most importantly, I am seeking ideas from you on how we can improve our state government, as we are in this fight together. 

I decided to serve as your state senator only after taking stock of the condition that our state and nation is in.  It broke my heart that after 30 years of service in the U.S. Army, with four deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, that I was handing off our state to my son in worse shape than how I received it from my dad (retired U.S. Navy).

It is definitely not a time to stand aside.  Please consider attending one of the town halls and sharing your ideas, concerns and thoughts. 

Wishing God’s blessing on each of you in 2020 and I look forward to seeing you in the district.

Senator Mastriano represents the 33rd District in the Pennsylvania Senate. The District includes Adams County and parts of Franklin, Cumberland and York counties.

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