ALEXANDER CITY, AL (WSFA) - Saturday morning, dozens of Alexander City residents and officials sat in front of Sen. Doug Jones and asked questions about issues in Washington that affect Alabama.
"I just want to let people know what we're doing, but I also want to hear them," said Sen. Jones.
Jones addressed concerns about veterans affairs, Medicaid, taxes, and jobs at the town hall meeting. He said having sessions like this, and hearing from the people, is vital for our democracy.
"I work for the people that are here. I work for all of your viewers out there. They don't work for me, I work for them. Unless I hear from them about their wants, what they need, the issues they're concerned about, the issues that they like, the issues that frighten them, then I can't effectively do my job. I don't want to get isolated to where this is just me and my staff. The input that we got here today, it was really wonderful from people that are passionate about issues and that's what we need to hear," said Jones.
Residents who came out said they appreciate the opportunity to have this dialogue.
"For him to be out in the community and going all over the state and talking to us and listening to us, and he did seem to be listening to the questions we had and the comments. It was a great town hall meeting" said Sally Bergquist.
"A lot of times when people have been elected they don't think about coming back to where they started from, to the people that helped them get elected. Just thank God for Senator Jones coming out," said Alisa Norris.
Sen. Jones said that he does plan on having more town hall meetings.