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Speaker Tillis to conduct Town Hall in Lincoln Co.

 

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 “local folks.”

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 couldn’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.

“It’s a chance for Lincoln County folks to ask those questions,” 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 didn’t originally have one on the schedule for Lincoln County, he “wanted to make sure he did.”

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.

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