Wild hosts Town Hall, says district is ‘Microcosm of America’

Written by on July 9, 2021

Wild hosts Town Hall, says district is ‘Microcosm of America’

By Ben Stemrich
July 9, 2021

Susan Wild speaks at her first in-person town hall in Lehigh County in July 2021. Photo | Ben Stemrich / WLVR

LYNN TWP., Pa. – U.S. Rep. Susan Wild (D-Lehigh/Monroe) on July 8 held her first in-person town hall in Lehigh County since the pandemic. 

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“The title of the job is to be a representative and you can’t represent people if you don’t know what their priorities and concerns are. And one of the ways I learn about people’s priorities and concerns in addition to the many emails and phone calls that we get in our office, is by having these kind of town halls,” Wild says. 

The rain poured down onto a tent with about 30 people under it at Eight Oaks Farm Distillery in New Tripoli. After a few quick words, Wild started taking questions from the audience.

“I always say this district is kind of a microcosm of America and in other ways, I describe our district as it may only be an hour and a half from New York City but we’re a lot more like western Pennsylvania and Ohio,” Wild says. 

Both Democrats and Republicans asked questions on topics that included infrastructure, abortion, voter rights and a railway system for the Lehigh Valley.

“There’s a desire and I think a lot of good reasons for [a rail system] but because it’s such a long-range project it’s going to need the support of not only this administration but future administrations,” Wild says. 

She is glad to be holding events in person again, she says and looks forward to the next one.

Last night’s town hall was also streamed live on Facebook.

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