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Alaskans Talk to Sen. Begich on Tele Town Hall

Thousands join call to talk about important issues, state’s future

With the top priority of hearing the opinions of Alaskans, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich held a Telephone Town Hall on Wednesday night. Thousands of Alaskans joined the conversation to talk to Begich about issues impacting Alaska, and to share their thoughts and ideas for the state.

In a continual effort to utilize the telephone town hall as one way to talk to Alaskans about what’s important to them, Begich reached out to an estimated 35,000 Alaskans after 5 p.m. Alaska time. Potential town hall participants receive a recorded message from the senator inviting them to stay on the line and instantly join the town hall. An estimated 6,000 Alaskans participated in the call Wednesday night.

“Alaskans continue to give me the best ideas about the future of our state and country,” Sen. Begich said. “With close to 1,000 Alaskans contacting my office each week, the telephone town hall gives me another chance to answer questions and hear directly from Alaskans.”

The tele town hall covered a variety of topics including:

- Potential energy legislation, including the role of Alaska’s oil and gas resources;

- Financial reform proposals and protecting Alaskans savings;

- Ways to strengthen the economy and create jobs;

- How to improve care and services for Alaska’s veterans.

Thousands of Alaskans took advantage of the tele town hall for the first time. The senator’s website now allows Alaskans to enroll for his town hall series ahead of time, a feature more and more Alaskans have utilized.

“Listening to the concerns and ideas from of Alaskans helps me to better serve our state every day,” Begich said. “I am pleased at the number of Alaskans who continue to join me for these calls and encourage all Alaskans to sign up on my website for the next call.”

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