Press Release: Representative Yoho agrees to host a larger town hall with questions from the audience
GAINESVILLE, FL- Representative Ted Yoho (Florida 3rd District) will host a town hall scheduled for April 10, 2017. Start time is 7:00 PM (Lincoln Middle School –1001 SE 12th St, Gainesville, FL 32641). Doors are scheduled to open at 6:30 PM.
In response to resident requests, the town hall format will differ from the previous town hall held in northwest Gainesville last month. At the April 10th town hall, audience members will directly ask the congressman questions at a microphone. This format will encourage a dialogue between the community and their representative.
Many attendees and other Gainesville residents were displeased with the venue and circumstances of the previous town hall. A private church hosted the event, which had limited capacity. The pastor of the church, who declined to give his name when asked, also had some last-minute changes for the attendees, including prohibiting signage of any size and noise above a level that the pastor deemed acceptable. The attendees abided by these changes within the venue and the event was allowed continue—despite threats to “shut it down” by the church pastor.
Holding the event on public property presents other advantages. Lincoln Middle School has graciously agreed to host the event in its auditorium, which holds approximately 600 people. This is more than double the capacity than the previous private venue. The auditorium is also handicap accessible with ramps, paved parking lot, and handicap parking spaces.
Gainesville Indivisible expects that questions asked at the town hall will cover all aspects of the congressman’s voting record, including his recent no votes to investigate the Presidential administration’s ties to the Russian government, and upcoming legislation, especially President Trump’s so-called “Skinny Budget.” The latter particular affects the city. The University of Florida received $724 million in research awards in the 2015–2016 financial year. Approximately $451 million came from federal agencies. These agencies include the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation, and Department of Education—all of which stand to have their budgets severely slashed in President Trump’s proposed budget.
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