Rep. Diana DeGette addresses nearly 1,000 constituents at town hall meeting

So many people registered for a town hall meeting held by U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette on Saturday morning that the venue had to be changed.

Rep. Diana DeGette addresses constituents at a town hall meeting Feb. 4, 2017. (Courtesy of DeGette)
Rep. Diana DeGette addresses constituents at a town hall meeting Feb. 4, 2017. (Courtesy of DeGette)
Rep. Diana DeGette addresses constituents at a town hall meeting Feb. 4, 2017. (Courtesy of DeGette)

So many people registered for a town hall meeting held by U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette on Saturday morning that the venue had to be changed.

DeGette communications director Lynne Weil told Denverite that after the congresswoman notified constituents of the event via her email newsletter, enough people planned to attend that the meeting needed to be moved from a room at Regis University to a hall inside the Police Protective Association with seating for 999.

Nearly all the seats were filled as DeGette discussed the effects of President Trump’s executive orders, the long-term consequences of repealing the Affordable Care Act and more.

Weil said more and more constituents had been calling and emailing her office with concerns about those issues. She also pointed out that in DeGette’s years of holding similar community forums, attendance was never this high. The events usually draw 200 to 300 people.

Last week, DeGette came out strongly against Trump’s order banning refugees and citizens of seven counties with large muslim populations from entering the country. She’s also been active in fighting the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

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