Rep. Martha McSally

U.S. Rep. Martha McSally will hold a town hall meeting Thursday in Sahuarita.

She will take questions from the audience and answer questions emailed to the Green Valley News and Sahuarita Sun during the 90-minute event hosted by the newspapers.

The Town Hall will be held at 4 p.m. at The Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, 17750 S. La Cañada Dr., Sahuarita. The venue holds about 300 people; doors open at 3 p.m. No signs will be allowed in the building. Editor Dan Shearer will moderate.

The meeting comes on the heels of town halls across the country during which GOP members of Congress have been taunted, booed and faced sharp questioning.

On Thursday, Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans urged members of Congress not to hold town halls after what he called “thuggish behavior” at an event Feb. 9 by Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz. But Chaffetz and others downplayed the rhetoric, saying just a handful of people were out of line, and that much of what happened at the meeting has been exaggerated. He said he would continue to meet with constituents as usual, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

“We expect an honest discussion of issues important to Congressional District 2,” Shearer said. “We’re glad Rep. McSally agreed that this was a good place to continue addressing constituents’ concerns, particularly those that have come up since the new administration took over in January.”

McSally has held two telephonic town halls this month and has met with constituents, including those from progressive groups. Both sides have said the meetings were valuable and that they look forward to more.

McSally’s staff said Friday they are considering additional town halls in the near future in other parts of the district pending her schedule.

The church houses the Sahuarita Food Bank, and McSally’s staff and the newspapers have asked those attending to consider bringing a non-perishable donation.

HAVE A QUESTION?

Email questions for Rep. Martha McSally to Green Valley News editor Dan Shearer at:  dshearer@gvnews.com.