Senator Claire McCaskill—who has hosted public, in-person town hall meetings with Missourians throughout her time in the U.S. Senate—will hold a public town hall at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 6 in the Farnen Community Room at the Audrain County Courthouse.
“For me, this is all about showing up and listening to the folks I work for,” said McCaskill, who grew up in rural Missouri. “Especially when big public policy debates are raging, holding public, in-person town halls is an important part of our democracy—and for me, a great opportunity where any Missourian can show up, let me know what they think I’m doing right or wrong, and share their ideas and concerns. Missourians—whether they agree with me or not—are my bosses, and I want to make sure I’m holding myself accountable to them.”
McCaskill is hosting public town halls in Audrain County, Boone County, Macon County, Miller County, Moniteau County, Monroe County, Morgan County, and Randolph County.
Public town halls with Missourians have been a hallmark of McCaskill’s time in the Senate, including her recenttown hall tour across the state. During debate over the Affordable Care Act—at a time of heightened demonstrations against the law—McCaskill held aseries of highly publicized town halls, including in traditionally conservative areas of Missouri, to hear directly from Missourians about their concerns and respond to criticisms. In 2014, McCaskill logged more than 1,000 miles around the state on her “McCaskill on Main Street” series of public town halls.
McCaskill has also toured the state with town halls aimed atmilitary veterans andseniors—and has hosted individual town halls, such as one she hosted last year with then-U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack focused on theopioid epidemic.