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Rep. DeFazio's Florence town hall: 'More engaged now than they've been in years'

Rep. Peter DeFazio visited Florence Monday for a town hall. He answered questions about marijuana, social security and more. (SBG photo)

FLORENCE, Ore. – Rep. Peter DeFazio faced a number of questions regarding President Donald Trump’s most controversial policies at a town hall in Florence Monday.

The congressman said he is fighting an uphill battle in Washington DC to find solutions to issues facing Oregonians.

“They have a lot of questions, but I would say the response was really positive on the positions I’ve taken,” DeFazio said.

DeFazio answered questions from more than 30 people inside a packed room at the Florence Events Center. Overall, more than 150 people attended the town hall.

“I see people more engaged now than they've been in years, many people. My office has gotten more emails, phone calls, letters in the first few months this year than we'd normally get in a year,” DeFazio said.

DeFazio explained his plans to combat Trump’s agenda.

He discussed everything from medical marijuana taxes to immigration. Nothing was off the table.

Those who attended the event said they were pleased with his responses.

“I believe that he actually tried, answered questions and truthfully,” said Cheryl Kelso, a registered voter.

Kelso and others say they understand DeFazio has an uphill battle in a deeply divided house of representatives.

“Over 95 percent of the proposed bills don’t get passed. That’s hard. That’s not an easy job,” Kelso said.

Some constituents hope to see more bipartisanship.

“We want to see more democrats and republicans to work together,” said Nin Bebeau who attended the event.

DeFazio said he has the same goal in Washington DC.

“I’m working with some of the most right-wing freedom caucus republicans on investing in infrastructure. I’m not clear that the president’s people want to deliver on his promise to invest in $1 trillion in infrastructure. I want to do that,” DeFazio said.

DeFazio also met with voters in Coos Bay Monday afternoon. He will hold three more town halls Tuesday in Gold Beach, Cave Junction and Grants Pass.

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Tuesday, April 18

Gold Beach Town Hall

9:00 AM—10:30 AM

Gold Beach High School Gymnasium

29516 Ellensburg Ave


Cave Junction Town Hall

1:00 PM—2:30 PM

Illinois Valley High School Commons

625 E. River St.


Grants Pass Town Hall

4:00 PM—5:30 PM

Grants Pass High School Commons

830 NE 9th St

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