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McHenry holds town hall meeting

Rep. Patrick McHenry addresses town hall participants at Lincoln Charter School in Lincolnton on Tuesday.

Rep. Patrick McHenry addresses town hall participants at Lincoln Charter School in Lincolnton on Tuesday.

ELIZABETH HEFFNER
Staff Writer

A group of Lincoln County citizens shared their frustrations Tuesday afternoon during a town hall meeting with Rep. Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10), held at the Lincolnton Campus of Lincoln Charter School.
He began with a brief speech, stressing reforms he felt the federal government needed to undergo.
“We need a better health care policy, a national energy policy that uses the country’s natural resources and brings down the prices at the pump, as well as getting a return on our investment in education,” he said.
From there, audience members had the opportunity to share their concerns with current government and social issues with McHenry.
Gastonia resident Wade Garrison was the first to address the congressman, speaking on his concern with the “socialist agenda of President Obama in D.C.”
“Is there anything we can do to replace him?” Garrison asked. “He’s got to go. Obama has broken his presidential oath time and time again. I’m not here for me — I’m here for our children and grandchildren.”
McHenry responded by reminding attending constituents that there is an upcoming presidential election and of the government’s checks and balances system.
Lincoln County resident Alan Hoyle stressed the importance of leaders like McHenry to “lead from the front” and hold each and every American citizen accountable for actions that go against the constitution.
Several constituents also shared their frustration with the president’s handling of illegal immigration.
“Outside of Native Americans, we are a country of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws,” McHenry said. “The No. 1 thing that can be done on immigration right at this moment is for the president to enforce the laws we have on the books. The border crisis that we have right now is created because the president is sending the wrong message. So, we have folks that are taking a perilous and dangerous journey in the hope of being legalized, because of a misunderstanding from things that the president has said and some of the president’s actions.”
After the town hall concluded, attendees had the opportunity to speak with McHenry or his staff members briefly in a one-on-one setting for more personal issues.
“We covered a large cross-section of questions,” McHenry said. “I would have liked to have talked more about improving our economy and helping create jobs, but people had their questions that they wanted to have answered, and that’s really what this forum is all about. It’s about giving my constituents the opportunity to have their questions directly answered, and I enjoyed the interaction. It’s always interesting to hear feedback and what’s on people’s minds.”

Image courtesy of Jaclyn Anthony / Lincoln Times-News

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