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Rep. Marshall to host town hall meeting

Jim Marshall

Jim Marshall

COVINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall, D-Ga., will host a town hall meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Alcovy High School auditorium, located at 14567 Ga. Highway 36.

Marshall, who represents Georgia's 8th Congressional District, will give constituents a chance to voice their opinions and concerns and ask questions regarding the economy, health care, energy prices, protecting American jobs and other issues.

This will be the sixth town hall meeting Marshall has hosted in Covington during the last two years. The last took place in late September.

The congressman has been holding about two meetings per month since August throughout the district, according to spokesman Doug Moore.

"Jim believes it's really difficult to gauge what people think without talking to them," Moore said, pointing out that Marshall represents about 630,000 residents.

Turnout at recent meetings has been high because people have so many concerns these days, he said.

"People are a little more motivated to come right now," he said, noting that the economy, unemployment and health care are top concerns. "People are hurting. They want their representatives to know, and Jim wants to hear it."

Marshall will give only a brief introductory speech, if any, Moore said. The majority of the time will be spent allowing constituents to speak and responding to their questions.

"Jim wants to hear what the people have to say. They don't need to hear from him so much," he said.