Dems, GOP rallying people for legislators’ town hall meeting

Published 12:05 am Thursday, March 16, 2017

By Josh Bergeron

SALISBURY — High turnout is expected this evening at a town hall meeting scheduled by state Rep. Harry Warren and state Sen. Tom McInnis.

Warren, R-77, and McInnis, R-25, will meet with constituents at 6 p.m. on the second floor of the county administration building, 130 W. Innes St. There is no particular topic for the meeting, which is open to the public.

In the days leading up to the meeting, the local Republican and Democratic parties have sent mass emails to their members asking people to attend.

In an email sent Tuesday, Rowan County Democratic Party Chairman Geoffrey Hoy encouraged members to show up early and fill the second-floor meeting room to capacity.

“This is our opportunity to publicly question their support of right-wing legislation and the advancement of the Trump doctrine in the N.C. General Assembly,” Hoy wrote in the email. “This is our opportunity to voice our disagreement with their conservative agenda. This is our opportunity to demand real solutions to the problems we are facing here in Rowan County every day.”

A liberal-leaning group known as Salisbury Indivisible has received a permit for a demonstration in front of the county administration building.

Meanwhile, Rowan County Republican Party Chairman Don Vick also sent a mass email Wednesday asking for members of his party to show up in support of Warren and McInnis.

“We would like to show our support for these two fine representatives as they share their values and hopes for Rowan County and the state of North Carolina,” Vick wrote in the email. “There will be those in the audience that intend to challenge our conservative agenda and protest outside the venue. We would like to fill the room with friendly faces.”

In the state House, Warren represents an area that includes Cleveland, Faith, Granite Quarry, Mount Ulla, parts of Salisbury north of Main Street and western Rowan County.

In the state Senate, McInnis represents an area in Rowan County that includes the communities of Bostian Heights, China Grove, Gold Hill, Rockwell, and much of eastern and southeastern Rowan County.

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246.