Protesters demand Rep. Biggs town hall

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Dozens of protesters gathered outside of Rep. Andy Biggs' office in Mesa, demanding a town hall. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Dozens of protesters gathered outside of Rep. Andy Biggs' office in Mesa, demanding a town hall. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
They claim  Biggs doesn't want to have a town hall. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) They claim Biggs doesn't want to have a town hall. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Biggs' office said he open to talking to constituents. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Biggs' office said he open to talking to constituents. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A group of between 40 and 45 people gathered outside U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs’ east Mesa office Tuesday afternoon protesting his refusal to have a district-wide town hall.

The protesters held signs and chanted demanding that their voices be heard.

Some of the same people were locked out of Biggs’ office last week and the police were called on them.

[READ MORE: Congressman Biggs' office refuses to talk to constituents demanding town hall]

Six members of two different groups did meet with Biggs on Monday, but they said he did not seem interested in hearing what they had to say.

The group that gathered said they were mainstream Congressional District 5 voters made up of Democrats, Republicans and Independents. Schoolteachers, retirees and moms were among the crowd.

Biggs is in his home state on what Congress calls the “district work period.”  It’s a time when Congress members return to their home states to meet with constituents and businesses in their district to hear their needs and positions.

The activists said they’ve been repeatedly turned down by Biggs’ office staff to schedule a town hall.

A spokesman for Biggs issued the following statement:

Congressman Biggs appreciates the passionate voices of those concerned about the issues facing our country. In his first two months in office, Congressman Biggs hosted a tele town hall in which over 5,400 constituents participated; replied to over 6,600 constituent inquiries within a week of receipt (on average); maintained an active social media presence that reaches thousands of people per day; and published five newsletters to update constituents on his weekly events, votes, and legislation. Despite Congress’ active session schedule, Congressman Biggs has embraced the opportunity to meet with his constituents whenever possible. In this spirit of engagement, Congressman Biggs welcomes the chance to continue communicating and meeting with constituents and looks forward to a respectful dialogue with everyone involved.

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