COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) A group of residents from Bryan and College Station gathered Sunday for a town hall meeting with Congressman Bill Flores, only the congressman was not in attendance.
His office said Flores did not organize the event and he had a previously scheduled engagement.
Dozens of people gathered in College Station to discuss their political concerns, locally and nationally.
"I'm here because I can't vote, so this is my way of getting my voice heard,” said Eli Durand-Ganz, A&M Consolidated High School student.
Those in attendance Sunday night recorded questions to be sent to the congressman for feedback.
Brittany Perry helped to organize the event. She said she hopes to get answers from elected officials sooner rather than later.
"Talking about the Affordable Healthcare Act, things concerning immigration, and with our executive relations with Russia - You know we have a lot of unanswered questions here. We want to know if our congressman is going to investigate,” said Perry.
Congressman Flores's office said he will hold several town hall meetings in mid-April, after the first one hundred days of the legislative session.
Aaron Rose understands the congressman could not attend the gathering, but hopes those in attendance benefited.
"I think that it is important that we are able to have this event and gather, and kind of get to figure out where we are going to go from here, and when we are able to interact with our elected officials that we have a set focus and are united so it's easier to get our concerns across,” said Rose.
Perry hopes the questions they will send to the congressman will bring answers, and a scheduled date for a future town hall.
"A lot of things that are affecting our community and we would like to address those now, rather than later, before they start to effect the lives of the people in Bryan/College Station," said Perry.
A petition to have Congressman Flores set an official date for a town hall in Bryan or College Station was passed around at the meeting on Sunday.
Congressman Flores’ office released the following statement to KBTX:
“Congressman Flores was invited to participate in a town hall organized by Indivisible TX-17, an initiative based on the principles outlined in the Indivisible Guide, which was developed by former Democratic congressional staffers to resist the Trump agenda. This meeting was scheduled with little advance notice to our office. The Congressman will be unable to participate in the event due to a previously scheduled personal engagement.
“In accordance with his longstanding practice of conducting multiple town hall events per year, Congressman Flores is scheduling town hall events in mid-April, shortly after the House of Representatives passes its annual federal budget. This timing allows constituents to receive an overview of the House-passed federal budget, the document which best sets forth the policy visions of the House. In addition, the timing of these events allows a tangible discussion of the first 100 days of the 115th Congress and the Trump administration. As always, the exact dates, times and formats of the events will be announced two to three weeks prior to the events in order to provide constituents advance notice to participate.”