By Kristin Rover
Congressman Brad Wenstrup took time to talk with a restaurant full of constituents Friday morning at Poochie’s Place in Amelia during one of several ‘Coffee with Your Congressman’ events throughout his district.
Wenstrup said they recently wrapped up their town hall meetings in the district and were looking for a way for him to hear from more residents.
“We thought why not do something we can do more one-on-one,” Wenstrup said.
Wenstrup has held four Coffee with your Congressman events so far, and he said he is trying to hold one in each county in the second district.
Friday, Aug. 30, he was at Poochie’s Place for several hours beginning at 7:30 a.m. talking with people who packed the restaurant.
“I just wanted to meet him and talk with him about my concerns,” Jeff Cramer, of Amelia, said. “And to encourage him to stay the course.”
Cramer said he enjoyed being able to speak with Wenstrup one-on-one at the event.
“This is a good format to have,” Cramer said.
Lorraine Hochstuhl, an Anderson Township resident, said she thinks it is wonderful that Wenstrup held an event to talk with residents.
“I came here to thank him for representing my values in Washington,” Hochstuhl said. “From what I’ve read, many representatives don’t want to face constituents. I really appreciate it.”
Joy Ruehl, of Union Township, said she liked being able to talk with Wenstrup individually.
“I like that he’s taking the time to do this,” Ruehl said.
Ruehl said the only thing she would have changed is that she would have liked to have been able to hear other people’s questions for Wenstrup as well.
Bruce Richardson, a World War II veteran, said he comes to Poochie’s Place all the time. He said he wasn’t expecting to meet Wenstrup, but he is glad he had the opportunity to talk with him.
Poochie O’Hara, the owner of the restaurant, said she was glad to host the event and have Congressman Wenstrup come to the restaurant.
Wenstrup said he has enjoyed getting to interact with residents during the ‘Coffee with Your Congressman’ events.
He said throughout the morning, people expressed concerns about taxes, immigration, healthcare, and Syria.
“I think what’s good is it lets people ask their question and get follow-up,” Wenstrup said about the event.
The next Coffee with Your Congressman will be held next week at Grinders Coffee and Cafe in Chillicothe. For more information about the event, contact Wenstrup’s office at (513) 474-7777.