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Perlmutter Holds 100th Government in the Grocery
Lakewood, Colo. – On Saturday, September 14, 2019, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) held the 100th Government in the Grocery in Lakewood, Colorado. During the event, Perlmutter met with about 15 constituents and discussed issues ranging from immigration and impeachment to environmental concerns and student loan debt.Perlmutter started the Government in the Grocery program when he first took office in 2007 in order to better hear from constituents and meet them in their local community. The first Government in the Grocery was held on January 27, 2007 in Wheat Ridge. Perlmutter holds these events on a regular basis at different grocery stores in cities across the 7th Congressional District and meets with constituents one-on-one about whatever is on their mind.
“I believe being accessible and engaging often with constituents is essential to the fabric of our democracy,” said Perlmutter. “The Government in the Grocery program is an easy and convenient way for constituents to share their concerns, ideas and questions and, in turn, makes me a better representative.”While the average attendance ranges from 20 to 30 people, some events have seen upward of 200 people. For example, in 2009 during the Affordable Care Act debate and in 2017 after President Trump first took office. Over the years, Perlmutter has met with hundreds of constituents during these informal meetings on topics ranging from jobs, mortgage issues, the economy, Veteran issues, national budget, national security, Medicare, debt, education, medical research, health care, human rights, animal rights, war and many others. Ideas for legislation, support for legislation, constituent assistance and more have resulted from these meetings.
Below are a few success stories from past Government in the Grocery events: