SARAH LOWERY, STAFF WRITER
North Carolina Speaker of the House Thom Tillis plans to conduct a town hall meeting on Wednesday at the Lincoln Cultural Center in downtown Lincolnton.
The event kicks off at noon, with an 11 a.m. Dutch lunch prior to the meeting.
Tillis, a Republican representing Mecklenburg County, was elected to the N.C. House of Representatives in 2006 and is currently in his third term.
N.C. Rep. Jason Saine, R-Lincoln, told the Times-News on Friday that he had requested Tillis come to the area to interact with â€œlocal folks.â€
Tillis, who has been conducting town halls across the state, had a cancellation and was able to work it in relatively last minute.
Saine said it was confirmed just a couple of weeks ago, and a location was sought immediately thereafter,
adding that expenses couldnâ€™t be incurred since it is not a campaign-related stop.
He also emphasized that it will be a nonpartisan event, where people of all political persuasions can show up to ask Tillis questions. He is expected to talk about unemployment and the state budget, among other pressing matters.
â€œItâ€™s a chance for Lincoln County folks to ask those questions,â€ Saine said.
He also said those in attendance should come out of the meeting with a better understanding of the issues.
Saine noted that the town hall will be similar to ones Tillis has done previously throughout the state and, since he didnâ€™t originally have one on the schedule for Lincoln County, he â€œwanted to make sure he did.â€
Following the town hall, Saine and Tillis will visit a number of locations in the county, including the Lincoln Economic Development Association for a business round-table discussion on how the state government can work with economic leaders to bring business, and jobs, to North Carolina.