U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, fresh from exiting the race for president, will hold a series of “town hall” meetings across the state next week, including a breakfast in Lexington.
The format is not new to the Republican senator from Bowling Green. He has held several since he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010. They are free and open to the public.
“I get to hear directly from the constituents,” Paul said in a telephone interview Thursday. “They ask me questions. People will show up with a particular problem.”
He said the problems range from senior citizens’ needing help in getting Social Security benefits to businesses trying to start up in foreign countries.
Staff will be with him at most of the meetings to review and discuss federal issues.
Paul, who is seeking re-election this year and is being challenged by two other Republicans and seven Democrats, said “town halls” differ from campaign stops.
“Town halls give the officeholder a chance to talk in-depth to constituents and try to help them with their federal problems and campaign stops are to rally people to vote for you,” he said.
Paul’s latest round of “town halls” will start Tuesday and run through Saturday.
Here is the schedule:
▪ Feb. 16, Allen County Breakfast Town Hall, 8 a.m. CT, Washington Center, Scottsville.
▪ Feb. 16, Monroe County Town Hall, 10 a.m. CT, Monroe County Family Wellness Center, Tompkinsville.
▪ Feb. 16, Cumberland County Town Hall, 12 p.m. CT, Cumberland County Agricultural Extension Office, Burkesville.
▪ Feb. 16, Clinton County Town Hall, 1:30 p.m. CT, Cornerstone Restaurant, Albany.
▪ Feb. 16, Wayne County Town Hall, 3 p.m. CT, DQ Grill & Chill Restaurant, Monticello.
▪ Feb. 17, Whitley County “Breakfast with the Senator” Town Hall, 8 a.m. ET, Dixie Cafe of Corbin, Corbin.
▪ Feb. 17, Knox County Town Hall, 9:30 a.m. ET., Union College’s Sharp Academic Center, Barbourville.
▪ Feb. 17, Bell County Lunch Town Hall, 11:30 a.m. ET., Pine Mountain State Resort Park Lodge, Pineville.
▪ Feb. 17, Pulaski County Town Hall, 2:15 p.m. ET, Pulaski County Courthouse Fiscal Court Room, Somerset.
▪ Feb. 17, Russell County Town Hall, 4 p.m. ET, Lake Cumberland Area Development District Office, Russell Springs.
▪ Feb. 17, Adair County Town Hall, 4:30 p.m. CT, Adair County Courthouse Annex, Columbia.
▪ Feb. 19, Nelson County Town Hall, 10:15 a.m. ET, My Old Kentucky Home Dinner Train Depot, Bardstown.
▪ Feb. 19, Anderson County Lunch Town Hall, 12 p.m. ET, Tonya’s Hometown Buffet, Lawrenceburg.
▪ Feb. 19, Jessamine County Town Hall, 2 p.m. ET, Frisch’s Big Boy Restaurant, Nicholasville.
▪ Feb. 20, Fayette County Breakfast Town Hall, 8 a.m. ET, Hilton at Lexington Green Rotunda, Lexington.
▪ Feb. 20, Centre College/Boyle County Town Hall, 1 p.m. ET, Centre College - Crounse Hall, Vahlkamp Theatre, Danville.
▪ Feb. 20, Hardin County Town Hall, 3:15 p.m. ET, Family Buffet, Elizabethtown.
▪ Feb. 20, Fort Knox/Radcliff Town Hall, 4:30 p.m ET., Colvin Community Center, Radcliff.