Rep. Don Bacon of Nebraska hosted two town halls last weekend using an innovative method of taking questions.A combined total of nearly 700 people attended, Bacon’s office said. One town hall meeting was in Gretna and one at Millard West High School.
Town hall meetings have been marred with dissatisfaction in the wake of the hard fought presidential election, reflecting the deep divisions of the two political parties.
At Bacon’s town halls, constituents were asked to write questions on a form and drop it into a clear plastic bin. Moderators randomly pulled questions from the bin, recognized the person who submitted it, and read it aloud, Bacon’s office said.
The person who submitted the question was allowed to ask a follow-up question.
“I had several individuals who told me they went into the town hall believing I would not take questions or allow constituents to interact with me, and left feeling that it was a legitimate town hall,” Bacon said.
Bacon represents the Omaha area in the U.S. House of Representatives – Nebraska’s second district.
He has more town halls planned. The next one is scheduled Saturday, May 13 at Bennington Elementary School, from 3-4:30 p.m.
More are scheduled for the Elkhorn area and South Omaha on Saturday, May 20; and North Omaha and Papillion in June.
“I would like to thank the constituents who were able to attend these first two town halls this past weekend,” said Bacon. “We received very positive feedback about the format we utilized, which provided an opportunity to address the maximum number of diverse questions and comments from constituents.”