February 12, 2016

Johnson to have monthly meetings in Standish and Pinconning

By James Kuch
Staff Writer | news@arenacindependent.com


LANSING — Community members of Areanc and northern Bay County will have the opportunity to voice their concerns each month to 97th State Rep. Joel Johnson (R-Clare).

Johnson will meet with constituents on the last Monday of each month, for the next six months, in Standish at Standish City Hall from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. and Pinconning at the Pinconning Township Hall from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Constituent Relation Spokesman Eric Echelburger said community members will be able to meet Johnson and discuss their concerns.

“He wants to meet with his constituents and hear their views,” Echelburger said.

In a press release, Johnson said he is looking forward to meeting with people.

“I’m looking forward to hearing what people think about their state government and what they believe could be improved,” he said in the release. ““By sharing their opinions and concerns with me, I can make sure their ideas are represented in Lansing.”

Johnson made his first visit to Standish since being elected state represenative on Friday, Jan. 14. Johnson, along with State Senator Mike Green (R-Mayville) met with concerned community members in an open meeting, discussing the future of the Standish Correctional Facility. Echelburger said that Johnson has received positive feedback from the community since the meeting took place.

Echelbruger added that being able to talk to people, in person, is very important for Johnson.

“Representative Johnson wants people to be able to come out to these meetings and be able to talk freely about any issue they have,” Echelbruger said. “He is here to work for the people and listen to what everyone has to say.”

In June, Johnson’s meeting hours will be reevaluated. Echelbruger said that Johnson will also have meetings in Gladwin and Clare Mondays prior to his meetings in Standish and Pinconning.

“Having a personal touch is important,” Echelbruger said.

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