FARGO – It’s August, and that typically means Congress is on its summer holiday, when representatives can spend time back in their home districts.
Rep. Rick Berg plans to do just that by holding at least six town hall meetings throughout the state this month.
Berg first held town hall meetings back in April, which seemed to go over well with North Dakotans. The events drew mixed partisan views and, at times, tough questions to the freshman Republican congressman.
Berg said he hopes these next town halls continue to be an “open forum” for North Dakotans’ questions and concerns.
Washington isnt just broke its broken, and that is because too many politicians are looking to Washington for solutions,” Berg said in a statement today. “As we work together through the historic challenges ahead, I am committed to listening to North Dakotans and making sure Washington works more like North Dakota.”
Berg will initially hold events in Dickinson, Williston and Minot later this week. He also plans to hold town halls in Bismarck, Fargo and Grand Forks next week – however, those events have not yet been finalized.
This is North Dakotas seat and I look forward to an open, honest and unfiltered discussion about the solutions and ideas we need to get our country back on track,” Berg said.
Here is the schedule so far. Each event is (obviously) open to the public.
- THURSDAY, AUG. 4 – DICKINSON – NOON (mountain time). Badlands Activities Center, Dickinson State University, 398 State Ave. Members of the public are encouraged to bring a brownbag lunch.
- THURSDAY, AUG. 4 – WILLISTON – 6:30 p.m. (central time): Williston Community Library, 1302 Davidson Dr.
- FRIDAY, AUG. 5 – MINOT – NOON (central time): Grand International Inn, 1505 N. Broadway.
Side note: These appearances by Berg are as North Dakota’s representative in the U.S. House – not as a candidate for U.S. Senate (which he is also). Federal campaign laws require a strict line between campaigning and official duties.