McKinley schedules town hall meeting

WILLIAMSTOWN – A U.S. congressman will be holding a town hall meeting in Williamstown to allow residents to discuss their concerns.

U.S. Rep. David B. McKinley, R-W.Va., will be conducting a town hall meeting 7 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Williamstown Town Hall, 100 West Fifth St. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

McKinley will give a brief congressional update and then take questions from those attending, said Jim Forbes, director of communications for McKinley.

“This is another in a series of town hall meetings he has been conducting since taking office,” Forbes said of the more than 30 such meetings McKinley has conducted in West Virginia’s 1st Congressional District.

Meetings have been at county libraries, senior citizen centers and courthouses in the district’s 20 counties.

“The congressman loves these events because it’s where he gets a real sense of what issues and challenges are facing constituents,” Forbes said. “Since taking office, he’s made it a priority to conduct one in every county in the district and has continued to do so.”

The event is open to the public.

Topics at the town hall meetings vary and can include any issue.

People have talked with McKinley about the state of the coal industry, the budget, spending, energy, second amendment issues, foreign policy, Social Security and the EPA, Forbes said.

Lately, the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” has been taking center stage, he said.

“Nothing is off limits,” Forbes said. “Rep. McKinley goes into these meetings with the agenda of hearing from his constituents on any and all topics.”