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Ashland town hall meeting organized by kids, attended by Congresswoman Hartzler

The purpose of the meeting was for youth to learn more about Congresswoman Hartzler and her work as a U.S. representative. (Elizabeth Hoffman)

An Ashland town hall meeting with Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler Wednesday was a little different than typical town hall meetings.

This was a youth town hall, and all questions came from kids.

Adults attended the meeting, but they weren't allowed to ask the congresswoman any questions. The purpose of the meeting was for youth to learn more about Congresswoman Hartzler and her work as a U.S. representative.

The meeting, held at the Ashland Optimist Club, was organized by 11-year-old Jacob Schelp.

"When I was 5 years old, I really got into history, and history has a lot to do with politics," he said. "And I went to my first forum about a year ago and I went to a few more political forums, and one thing I noticed was there was not a lot of kids there. So I thought to myself, 'why don't I make a form that is geared toward youth so more youth can learn about politics because they are the next generation.'"

While Jacob said he wanted to talk with the congressswoman about gun control, he also had plans to ask her about her favorite ice cream flavor.

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