State Senator Matt Dolan Newsletter
One of the traps that policymakers in Columbus often fall into is the idea that the perspective developed amongst their peers inside the capitol, is one that is shared back home in their districts. That is not always the case, which is why even during the heat of budget negotiations, it was important to me to take advantage of opportunities to return to the district and attend as many meetings and events as possible.
Over the past few months I have had the opportunity to meet with and hear from the district’s mayors, school superintendents, and locally elected officials. The open line of communication that has been established between my office and these local leaders has been invaluable in helping me best represent the interests of SD24 in Columbus.
Despite this feedback, it never quite compares to the insights and concerns brought to me by constituents. Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to hold town hall meetings in Strongsville and Solon, where voters shared with me their ideas on a variety of policies including health care, Medicaid, cuts to our local government, and redistricting.
As many of you know, the health of Lake Erie is a personal passion of mine. It played a prominent role in my campaign, and it continues to do so now that I hold elected office. I was especially grateful to the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, who helped me put together a roundtable discussion on Lake Erie this past July.
Attendees represented a wide range of interests including the shipping and landscaping industries, charter fishing industries, numerous conservation organizations, the recreation industry, and even Great Lakes Brewing Company. It was great to hear from such a diverse group of organizations, all of whom share at least one common belief, that Lake Erie should be protected, promoted and preserved.
Finally, it is always a special treat to be able to speak to the next generation of local leaders and decision makers. So I was especially grateful to Solon Superintendent Joe Regano, as well as Solon High School Principal Erin Short, for giving me the opportunity to speak to some of their students about state government, policy matters, and the perspectives they have about the adult world they will soon be entering.
Based upon the questions and comments I received from the students, I can confidently say that our future is very bright here in the 24th district.
If you or your organization is interested in me attending one of your events, please do not hesitate to contact my office directly at (614) 466-8056. My legislative aide, Sarah Totedo, will be sure that I receive your invitation.
I am back home in the district every week, and always enjoy the opportunity to meet and hear from my constituents.