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Vern Buchanan moving town hall meeting to Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

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Due to a larger than originally expected crowd, the office of Sarasota GOP Congressman Vern Buchanan announced on Friday that his town hall meeting scheduled for Saturday, March 18,  has been moved from an auditorium at New College to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

“We moved the event to a new location to accommodate a larger audience,” said Buchanan spokeswoman Gretchen Andersen, “We want to make sure everybody gets a chance to attend and is not turned away for lack of seats.”

Although Buchanan has always held multiple town halls per year since being elected to Congress a decade ago, liberal activists have complained that he hasn’t had one this year yet, with the intensity and attendance at such events at a fever pitch, especially among Democrats angry with the direction of President Trump’s administration and the GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

During the congressional break last month, activists protested when Buchanan did not hold a meeting. He did have a pretty good excuse, however, as he was traveling in the Middle East.

Team Buchanan says their man has held 74 town halls during his decade long tenure. “The town hall will be Buchanan’s 75th since taking office and will offer people a chance to discuss health care, tax cuts and any other issue they want to raise,” reads the press release.

The event begins at 11 a.m. The  Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, is located at 777 N Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.

Interested attendees are being asked to RSVP here.


Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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