Senator Chris Marr and Representative John Driscoll held a town hall meeting at Northwood Middle School this morning.
Mariah was there talking to attendees about "Protect Our Future - Yes On Revenue" and handing out talking points and buttons in support of doing more than using cuts to balance the budget. Coincidentally, this morning I read a Think Progress article contrasting the steps some conservative and progressive states are taking.
There are over 85,000 registered voters in the 6th legislative district. Barely one hundred people showed up to this meeting. Another meeting was scheduled at 2:00 pm at Hamblen Elementary on the south side of Spokane. I have no idea how many people showed up for that one.
For some reason a noticeable police presence was necessary. During his opening remarks, Representative Driscoll noted that the police were at the building and highlighted the sacrifice the police make as a part of their job but he didn't explain the need for them to be there.
I have never met either of these gentlemen. I was very impressed with Chris Marr. He seemed to have a great depth of knowledge on every issue that came up. He spoke in realistic terms and rarely came across as saying something someone wanted to hear.
After the Q&A period, both men stuck around so people could ask questions or bring up issues one on one. After the crowd thinned I got to spend a few informative minutes with Chris Marr learning a little about the legislative process. Overall, the meeting was very worthwhile. Everyone was civil. There was a lot of concern expressed about jobs and education.