Saturday, November 01, 2014

Roberts, Moran making Ottawa visits

By The Herald Staff | 8/13/2014

Washington is coming to Ottawa.

Two U.S. senators who represent the Sunflower State in the nation’s capital are planning visits in the next week to meet with constituents during Congress’ annual summer recess. Veteran lawmaker Pat Roberts, who is running for re-election to his Senate seat, is up first with a town hall meeting planned for 10 a.m. Friday in the Ottawa Commission Chambers at City Hall, 101 S. Hickory St., Ottawa. Roberts plans to hear comments and concerns from residents, his office said Wednesday.

Washington is coming to Ottawa.

Two U.S. senators who represent the Sunflower State in the nation’s capital are planning visits in the next week to meet with constituents during Congress’ annual summer recess. Veteran lawmaker Pat Roberts, who is running for re-election to his Senate seat, is up first with a town hall meeting planned for 10 a.m. Friday in the Ottawa Commission Chambers at City Hall, 101 S. Hickory St., Ottawa. Roberts plans to hear comments and concerns from residents, his office said Wednesday.

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, also is planning an Ottawa visit in the coming days. His Kansas Listening Tour is expected to stop 8:30 a.m. Wednesday also in the Ottawa Commission Chambers.

Area residents are encouraged to attend and share feedback with Moran on issues facing Kansas and the nation, Moran said. The lawmaker’s legislative focus largely is based on conversations he has with Kansans at such town hall meetings, he said.

During his time in the U.S. Senate, Moran said, he has made it a priority to stay connected to the people he represents despite a distance of more than 1,000 miles between Washington D.C. and Kansas. Since his election to the U.S. Senate in 2010, Moran has organized a town hall in each of Kansas’ 105 counties.

Roberts was criticized during the just-completed primary season for infrequent trips back to Kansas to meet with constituents, a claim popularized by his most aggressive challenger in the GOP race, Milton Wolf. Roberts defeated Wolf in the Aug. 5 primary, earning 45 percent of the vote in Franklin County to Wolf’s 38 percent. The margin statewide wasn’t much different, with Roberts taking 48 percent of the vote to Wolf’s 41 percent.

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