Both The Richmond Times Dispatch and Richmond Magazine wrote about the Saturday event where Congressman McEachin met with members of the community frustrated with the current state of the Post Service in our area.
Following several mail delivery complaints the McEachin office received from several constituents throughout the 4th Congressional District, the intent of this town hall was to find a solution.
Shortly before 11 a.m., the line of people waiting to share their thoughts had snaked through the crowd and around the side of the auditorium; their grievances spanned the gamut: receiving mail informing residents to report for jury duty after the scheduled date; learning bills had gone into collections after not receiving initial warning letters; health coverage being terminated because the necessary marketplace correspondence was not received; Social Security and other forms of monthly pay — particularly for the elderly and disabled — going missing; communications from the Internal Revenue Service being found down the street; neighbors collecting mail discarded in alleys and streets and, in one case, a scheduled prescription medication for a neighbor left in someone else’s front yard (the Richmond Police Department was called to collect it); the list goes on.Sarah King, Richmond Magazine
Local USPS representatives also attended the town hall sharing their experience with mail delivery issues directly with the community.
USPS worker Georgina Griffin took to the mic to explain she had come out to the event on her day off with her two daughters to hear the issues customers are facing in the area.
“For me, I take pride in what I do,” Griffin began, noting that she has been employed with postal service for 13 years and recently transferred to Richmond from Florida.
Check out the articles here. We expect a formal response from Congressman McEachin in the next month detailing a potential plan of action:
“It’s gratifying when my staff works so hard to put together a meeting like this and [residents] actually come out and respond,” McEachin said. “That’s what we’re supposed to do — to try to make government work — to bring different aspects of the federal government to our constituents. That’s the best part of being a representative, is to try to make government work for people, and we’ll see how successful we’ve been.”