Jason Lewis is in an exclusive club of members of Congress that do not live, vote or presumably even shop in the district they represent.
Lewis lives in Woodbury, which is represented by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-CD4). In the past two years she has held ten town halls in their shared district, plus another two for his constituents in CD2. These were held due to Lewis’ refusal, until now, to hold any.
Upcoming Event- UPDATE
We now know venues for Lewis’s Town Halls thanks to Jordan Independent paper
“The former right-wing talk show host will host town halls in Wabasha, Lakeville, and Jordan, Minnesota this Saturday, May 19:
- At Wabasha, National Eagle Center, 116 Main St W. The doors open at 9:30 a.m.; the event begins at 10 a.m.
- At Lakeville, Rosehenge Hall, 20732 Holt Avenue. Doors open 1 p.m., event begins at 1:30 p.m.
- Jordan, Carasim Coffee Shop, 231 Broadway St. Doors open 4:30 p.m.; event begins at 5 p.m.”
After nearly 18 months of his constituents asking for a public town hall, Lewis has responded by planning three town halls — all on the same day (May 19). Constituents are required to apply for a ticket and show a government-issued voter ID. Apply here. The criteria for receiving a ticket are not stated, leading to much speculation as to how open these events will be.
At McCollum’s town halls, there are no tickets required, no government-issued photo ID . She simply publishes the date and location where she will be and people show up.
Lewis has announced the cities where the town halls will take place, Wabasha, Lakeville and Jordan,
but has not revealed the venues. So constituents are left wondering how many seats will be available? What criteria will determine who will get tickets? How long will each town hall last? Will media be present, video available for those that can’t attend? How will questions be determined, what format will be used? As of the time of this post- we have few answers.
The inclusion of the requirement for a government-issued photo ID makes it likely that applicants will undergo some sort of vetting process. It could be as innocent as a check to make sure attendees actually live in CD2. This would be ironic of course, considering the congressman himself does not live in CD2.
- These moms came to talk, Angie Craig came to listen (5/10/18)
- McCollum’s CD2 health care forum (2/18/17)
Town Hall related stories
- Citizens demand a Town Hall (2/13/17)
- Northfield: congressman a no-show (2/20/17)
- Eagan: congressman a no-show (2/23/17)
- Burnsville: congressman a no-show (2/25/27)
- Citizens ask: “Stop ducking us!” (3/20/17)
- Northfield round 2: congressman a no show (4/27/17)
- ACA: dying to talk to their congressman (5/5/17)
- Women march at CD2 congressman’s office (5/8/17)
- Walz fills in for missing CD2 congressman (5/12/17)
- Candlelight vigil for missing congressman (5/15/17)
- Health care forum held in CD2 (6/1/17)
- Otto holds education event in CD2 (8/21/17)
- A CD2 town hall with Keith Ellison (1/55/18)
Rep. Betty McCollum Town HallsAll were publicly announced, no ticket required
|1/18/17||Town Hall – Highland Park Community Center Library|
Attendance: hundreds, standing room only
|1/26/17||Town Hall – Neighborhood House|
|2/18/17*||McCollum’s CD2 health care forum|
|2/21/17||Labor Town Hall – Labor Federation Saint Paul|
|2/23/17||Climate Town Hall – University of Saint Thomas|
|2/24/17||Health Care & Social Security Town Hall – Hallie Q. Brown Center|
|3/25/17|| Town Hall – Macalester College|
|3/31/17||Town Hall – Boutwell’s Landing, Stillwater, MN|
|5/30/17||Field Hearing – Arts & Humanities |
– MN State Capitol
|7/22/17*||CD2 Forum in Lakeville, MN|
|2/1/18|| Town Hall – North Saint Paul, MN|
|3/9/18||All Call Congressional Hearing – MN State Capitol|
*Two BONUS town halls held by Rep. Betty McCollum in CD2 during the absence of Jason Lewis