From the Fayetteville Observer:
Rep. [Robin] Hayes comes to Fayetteville annually to meet with defense contractors at their trade show, but since I am not a member of the defense industry, we have yet to meet. It’s difficult to feel truly represented by someone if you’ve never seen him.
Since he’s running for re-election against school teacher Larry Kissell this year, I hope Rep. Hayes will take time to visit Fayetteville and the surrounding area. I know we’re a long way from Concord, but I think he would learn a lot from visiting with his constituents here in the Eighth Congressional District.
Sen. Elizabeth Dole, a Republican from our state, also is running for re-election this year, facing off against state Sen. Kay Hagan. I also hope Sen. Dole will visit our area and meet with ordinary North Carolinians. Again, I realize we’re a long way from her home in Washington, but since she represents us in the U.S. Senate, I think it would benefit her to attend some of our great community events.
I’ve met both Larry Kissell and Kay Hagan repeatedly here in Fayetteville, whether it was at one of our parks or at one of the events in Festival Park or downtown. I certainly look forward to meeting our incumbent elected officials in Congress at least once before Election Day. All they have to do is show up.