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Tallassee mayor Johnny Hammock, State Rep. Mike Holmes and State Sen. Will Barfoot listen to U.S. Rep. Barry Moore at Monday morning's Town Hall Meeting at Tallassee City Hall.

Moore addresses community at Town Hall

By Michael Butler

It was a good turnout for a Monday morning as members of the community took part in a Town Hall meeting with freshman congressman Barry Moore at Tallassee City Hall.

Moore, who was elected to Alabama's 2nd congressional district in November, spoke for about an hour at the council chambers. He served in the Alabama House of Representatives for two terms prior to his newly elected position.

"I've been elected all of 90 days," Moore said. "I come from an all-business background. I'm kind of an outsider to the system. We ran a grass roots campaign. It's a calling in my life. I don't necessarily enjoy politics. I'm a garbage man. I tell people if you go to Auburn and get a degree you might end up driving a garbage truck. That's actually what I was doing. I'm truly a rags to not riches, but congressional seat guy."

Tallassee resident Bill Patterson said he backed Moore after speaking with one of his campaign representatives.

"I said, 'Why should I vote for BarryMoore,'" Patterson recalled. "He said, 'He's a Christian. He's a family man. And, when he tells you someting you can take it to the bank.' Does he look like a politician?"

Among those in the audience were Tallassee High School's Student Government Association. Tallassee City Schools superintendent Dr. Brock Nolin spoke on their behalf.

"Where does the federal government come in," Nolin asked. "We haven't had any capital building project money since the Great Depression - the New Deal. I'm asking for your support."

Moore responded.

"We should let local governments decide where to spend money. This school district is different than school districts in other parts of the country. This $1.9 million that's called COVID relief, only 9 percent went to COVID. It goes to foreign countries. It goes to things that have nothing to do with the betterment of American citizens."

The Tallassee High School Student Government Association with Congressman Moore

Moore is opening an office in Wetumpka this week. It will be the first congressional office in Elmore County.

"I don't care if you're Democrat or Republican. Pray for us. Pray for our nation."

*Town Hall Meeting Video