Colbeck uses technology to connect with constituents

For Immediate Release      
Oct. 31, 2013       

Contact: Jennifer Murray

LANSING, Mich.—Almost 6,000 Southeast Michigan residents took part in a tele-town hall meeting this week with Sen. Patrick Colbeck. The meeting provided a means for Colbeck to discuss with his constituents recent policies debated by the Michigan Legislature.

“The tele-town hall format provides our office with yet another tool to connect with our constituents,” said Colbeck, R-Canton. “This technology allowed thousands of Southeast Michigan families to participate in a discussion about the important issues facing our state as well as express their thoughts, opinions and priorities for the future. During the town hall, residents had the opportunity to participate by asking live questions and by voting on questions posed during the meeting.

“Engaging the hard-working people of Southeast Michigan on the important issues facing our state is important to my effectiveness as a civil servant. We talked about many key issues, such as road funding, ‘Obamacare’ and expanding career and technical education.”

A live poll-question during the call asked participants, “Did you know that due to economic growth, our state generated $1.4 billion more in additional revenue for Fiscal Year 2014 than we did during Fiscal Year 2013?” Twenty-one percent responded “yes,” and 79 percent responded “no.”

Colbeck noted that the strong turnout further proves that the people of Southeastern Michigan care deeply about the issues that Michigan faces and he hopes to see more constituents with such pertinent questions at future events within the 7th District. 

The tele-town hall events supplement other constituent outreach activities already conducted by Colbeck such as in-person office hours throughout the district, his active Senator Patrick Colbeck Facebook page, community events, personal meetings with constituents and mailers filled with useful information. Colbeck’s office can be reached at any time during the workday by calling 1-866-262-7307 or by email at


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