EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus is headed all around Indiana this month and their fourth stop was right here in the Tri-State.
“We recognize that, particularly in the districts that many of us represent, folks can’t just get up and come to Indianapolis to follow and learn about legislation,” said Senator Jean Breaux.
The statewide town hall series includes seven cities. The purpose of the tour is to update the public on what Indiana legislators have been doing and to get feedback on what the representatives can do moving forward to better serve the public.
“My voice can represent the 160,000 people that live in my district if they communicate to me and if they let me know what they want that voice to represent on their behalf,” said Breaux.
State Representative Robin Shackleford says the tour also highlights the importance of community involvement in the upcoming 2020 census.
“If we are going to be that change agent, than we really need to be involved in the process. People talk about ‘we need that change,’ but we are that change.”
Shackleford says many people don’t know how easy it is to access their local representatives.
“Legislators really look at how many people are calling them, how many people are emailing them. There are so many issues out there that we really need to hear them personally,” said Shackleford.
Joining in on the Q&A was City Council Candidate Alex Burton.
“The more representation, the more people that hear about Evansville and the things we’re doing and the things we’re trying to do, what we aspire to do, the better off we’ll be,” said Burton.
“Politics is made up of the people,” said Breaux. “For the people, by the people, and unless the people get engaged and involved, it doesn’t work right.”
The tour continues in South Bend on July 27th, Terre Haute on August 3rd and concludes in Hammond on August 17th.
(This story was originally published on July 13, 2019)