Delegate Landes hosts first town hall meeting ahead of 2018 session

CROZET, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Delegate Steve Landes (R-25th) held his first town meeting at Crozet Library.

Dozens of constituents gathered to talk about the topics they want him to take to Virginia’s General Assembly.

Loretta Vitt Dubova is a constituent representing her grassroots organization, Crozet Act. She says the town hall meeting is important to her to connect with delegates who will represent her voice.

"I think it's just making a connection and also feeling like we're being heard, setting some policy goals and getting some commitments,” said Dubova.

Dubova said she wanted to bring up health care, gerrymandering, and education as topics to take to the 2018 legislative session.

Landes said he’s been hosting town hall meetings for 22 years. He said this is important to connect with constituents.

"Town hall meetings are important,” said Landes. “It provides a great opportunity for constituents and voters to express their viewpoints on things, especially before the upcoming general assembly session."

Landes opened the floor by talking about the 94th district race, which is currently tied following a recount and a court ruling. Democrats are challenging the ruling.

If the house is split 50/50, Landes said a power-sharing agreement will be their key to success.

"We'll have to make sure folks come to the table,” said Landes. “Hopefully we can do that before we convene."

Topics in the town hall included Medicare expansion, Virginia’s state budget, and the teacher shortage. Landes said there’s no clear direction where these topics will go until the House of Delegates race is settled.

He will host two more joint town hall meetings in Weyers Cave.

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