Have something to say about government in Michigan? Bend the ear of Ann Arbor's state reps Monday
Washtenaw County's four Democratic state representatives in the Michigan legislature will be hosting an event Monday in Ann Arbor in which they won't be doing the talking.
Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor; Adam Zemke, D-Ann Arbor; David Rutledge, D-Superior Township and Gretchen Driskell, D-Saline have organized a "Listening Tour" 6 p.m. Monday at the Washtenaw Intermediate School District building at 1819 S. Wagner Road. Signs will be posted at the building to indicate the location of the event.
The public can sign up on the Michigan House Democrat's website — "The Real State of Our State" — before the event, or show up Monday evening without registering.
Ryan J. Stanton | AnnArbor.com file photo
Two similar events conducted in Canton and in Sterling Heights have attracted between 70 and 80 people and have lasted about two hours, said Katie Carey, press secretary for the House Democratic Caucus.
The events are in response to the most recent actions by the Republican-led Michigan legislature in the lame duck session.
"It's a town-hall type event to allow residents to talk to us about the concerns in their local community," Carey said.
Michigan House Democrats are planning additional Listening Tour events in other districts in Grand Rapids, the U.P., mid-Michigan, Genesee County and Monroe County.