Citizens hold town hall meeting with cardboard Cory Gardner
A different kind of town hall was held Wednesday night in Grand Junction.
Constituents of Senator Cory Gardner wanted to have an in person meeting with him in Grand Junction. When he decided he wasn't going to make an appearance in person, the people brought a cardboard cutout of him instead.
People packed the library in Downtown Grand Junction.
"We're starting to feel like none of our questions matter to Cory Gardner," said Allison Conlon Perry, who attended the meeting tonight.
While the ready Cory Gardner didn't make an appearance, a cardboard cutout did.
"In absent of them [Other representatives] we have cardboard Cory, in this case." said Chris Mueller, a regional representative with Grand Junction Indivisible.
Cardboard Cory stood in the senator's place.
"It's sad he's not here tonight because people that live in this community regardless of their political affiliation should have the right to be represented accurately," said Perry.
So people took turns asking the piece of cardboard questions.
"We have to do it otherwise there is no guarantee of getting his attention," said Spencer Hurt, a concerned citizen.
Getting Gardner's attention on the Western Slope has been hard, and it's frustrating several people who have questions.
"As a high school student, I'd like to ask what he can do to make sure I have an equal education compared to the rest of the country," said Hurt.
That wasn't the only question.
"The second would be about healthcare, women's rights and LGBTQ rights," said Jessica Cerise.
While the people did get a chance to ask their question to cardboard Cory, they say it's not enough.
"When our questions fall on a piece of cardboard instead of a human being, it makes it hard for us to feel like he's representing any of our interests in any way," said Perry.
Senator Gardner recently held three town hall meetings on the Front Range this month, though the people at the meeting in Grand Junction said they still feel like he's not accurately representing Western Colorado.
"Cory Gardner please have a town hall meeting in Grand Junction," Perry said.