Stanislaus County Supervisor Vito Chiesa, District 2, will host his 2nd Annual Turlock Government Night on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, from 6pm to 8pm in the multipurpose room of Medeiros Elementary School in Turlock. This is a town hall-style gathering of federal, state, and local elected officials listening to the constituents they serve.
Supervisor Chiesa is bringing government to the people and believes that government works best face-to-face.
“It’s important that government leaders are accessible and listen to the public we serve,” said Chiesa. “Government Night has become a tremendous vehicle for the public to meet with their elected officials and let their voice be heard.”
On February 24, 2011, Chiesa held the first Government Night in Turlock at the War Memorial building, where over 300 people gathered to interact with their government representation.
The second annual Turlock Government Night will be hosted by Stanislaus County Supervisor Vito Chiesa, District 2, and include speakers Congressman Jeff Denham, 19th Congressional District of California, Senator Anthony Cannella, 12th Senate District of California, and Mayor John Lazar, City of Turlock.
Supervisor Vito Chiesa, and the panel of elected officials scheduled to speak, will provide a few minutes of prepared comments and then answer questions directly from the audience.
Supervisor Chiesa has been working aggressively over the past three years to bring more accountability to local government, with a greater focus on budget reform. He also is a staunch believer in a government that listens to the public and is responsive.
"Government Night is an opportunity for people to meet with their Federal, State and local representatives in one location,” stated Chiesa. “It is a forum to directly interact with the representatives they voted into office.”
Congressman Jeff Denham agrees that this kind of forum is an opportunity for his constituents to discuss the issues that he will have to work to represent them in.
“I applaud Supervisor Chiesa for holding Government Night again this year. This is an important opportunity for local residents to engage with their elected officials at all levels of government,” said Congressman Denham. “I look forward to a discussion on how we can lower gas prices, put people back to work, and better serve our constituents every day.”
Chiesa says that he confers regularly with Congressman Denham, Senator Cannella and Mayor Lazar.
“We discuss the issues of our area and work collectively to find solutions to the challenges we face,” said Chiesa. “We have a strong working relationship between the layers of government here in Turlock. I want people to see that work in action and be part of the process.”
Turlock Government Night will be held at Medeiros Elementary School (615 W. Springer Road) from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday, March 14, 2012.
The event is open to the public but seating is limited to the capacity of the facility. Those who plan to attend are encouraged to RSVP by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (209)525-6440.
For those unable to attend, questions for the panelists can be submitted by e-mail to email@example.com or in writing to 1010 10th Street, Suite 6500 Modesto, CA 95354 ATTN: Jennifer Carlson. Submissions must be received by Monday, March 12th.