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Hello Mr. Thompson, my name is Andrew, I am a resident of the Port Matilda Borough in your congressional district, and I am 17 years old.

I will be allowed to vote in the next congressional election. And I have difficulty believing that you will represent me or a large percentage of people in my community. Even beyond your support of Donald Trump's harmful and divisive policies, you have failed to come meet the very people you claim to represent to have an open conversation about our questions and concerns. As a rising voter this does not give me any faith in your commitment to be a responsible leader.

My question is this: even if I did share your political views, or even if I do find you the preferable candidate in a future election, why would I put in the effort to go out and vote for you when you will not put in the effort to come and care about us, and what our interests are, for the future of our district and our world?

You are among the relatively few people who can actually directly influence the policy of this country. Please show us that you care about us, the people you represent, as much as you care about your election campaigns.

Thank you.


This from a transcription of the 2/25/2017 State College town hall held by Congressman Glenn Thompson's constituents. The Representative was invited, but he did not attend. Links to the video are available here. The text has been lightly edited for clarity.

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