Over 26,000 Voters Plug-In to Kelly Telephone Town Hall Meetings
Republican Nominee Participates in 3 Town Hall Meeting in Busy Day on Campaign Trail
Erie, PA – Mike Kelly (R-Butler), Republican nominee for Pennsylvania’s 3rd Congressional District seat, participated in 3 town hall meetings on Wednesday. Kelly’s campaign hosted telephone town hall meetings at 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. with likely voters in Tuesday’s election. The telephone town hall meetings had 13,215 and 13,148 voters respectively choose to participate in the meeting. After the telephone town hall meetings, Kelly wrapped up a busy day on the campaign trail by participating in a live town hall meeting in Corry, PA hosted by the Corry High School History Club.
Voters in all 3 town halls had the opportunity to directly ask Kelly his positions on the key issues in the campaign. Topics ranged from jobs and spending to military and foreign affairs. Kelly’s participation in town hall meetings is in direct contrast with his opponent, Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper, who did not host a single town hall meeting this year.
“Today was an incredibly invigorating day on the campaign trail,” noted Kelly after his last stop in Corry. “I continue to be impressed with the attentiveness voters in this district have with public affairs. Without exception, every question I got during these 3 town hall meetings was well thought out and came from genuine concern with the direction of this country and western Pennsylvania.”
Over 80,000 likely voting households were called and invited to participate in one of the telephone town hall meetings. Over 27,000 of the households had no answer and were left a voice mail. Of the remaining 53,000 voters reached, over 26,000 chose to plug in to all or part of the town hall meeting. Participants were given the opportunity to directly ask Kelly questions on a live telephone line. This large amount of participants for a telephone town hall meeting is largely unheard of, demonstrating the amount of interest voters in the 3rd Congressional District have in this election.
In September, Kelly announced his own personal Contract with the 3rd Congressional District. One part of that pledge was to host town hall meetings every August recess. After using the telephone town hall technology for the first time, Kelly also noted that if elected, his office will pursue, budget permitting, consistently using the technology to provide more direct access for constituents with their Representative in Congress.
“The voters are engaged. With only 5 days to go until this election I have great faith one of the most informed electorates in memory will be showing up to vote this Tuesday. One of the consistent things I have heard this campaign is voters are looking to have their voices heard and I am very proud that our issues based, open campaign has given many voters in this district a real opportunity to participate in the political process,” concluded Kelly.