Next Thursday, Feb. 18, state Rep. Gerald Hocker (R-38th) will welcome state Sen. George Howard Bunting (D-20th) to his monthly “Coffee’s on Me,” scheduled for Thursday evening, Feb. 18, at the Bethany Beach Fire Hall, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Each month, with the exception of the summer months, Hocker welcomes the public to bring their comments and concerns to the social events, which help the district’s citizens get a better understanding of what is being done, legislatively, for the community.
“The Coffee’s on Me each month are very successful events,” said Hocker. “They’re always well-attended, and it’s a time when my constituents can come to me, directly, and bring their concerns.”
The location for the events has changed depending on availability, but Hocker is anticipating a strong showing at Bethany Beach’s fire hall next Thursday.
“You really never know what’s on peoples’ minds,” he said, “but I assure those who show up, if we can’t address your concern then, we will always get back to them.”
Though Hocker and Bunting have disparate political allegiances, the two will both be on hand at the upcoming Coffee’s on Me.
“George Bunting and I work together,” Hocker emphasized. “Even though we’re on opposite parties, we would both like to be there, taking questions. We’re here to take care of the people who elected us.
“There are not many days that go by that we don’t talk to each other and try to work things out,” he noted. “There are an awful lot of independents who vote for us, too. I try to keep politics out of the Coffee’s. When it comes to talking about the issues in our district, I don’t like party politics. I’d rather go in there and do what I was elected to do.”
While Coffee’s on Me never adheres to a specified agenda, Hocker added that he expects the recent winter storms and recovery to be one of the big issues at the upcoming evening event.
“I’m sure people have a lot of questions and concerns about these storms and questions about DelDOT with weather. I praise their response, as well as what Delmarva Power has done to try to make sure our citizens are safe. There were plows in the parking lot of my store at 2:30 [Monday] morning, too, so I’m dealing with the response as a business person, too; not just as a state rep.”
Also, this coming Monday, Feb. 15, Hocker will speak at the 38th District Republican Club meeting, at the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach, starting at 6:30 p.m. Guest speaker Kevin Wade, candidate for Congress to replace would-be U.S. senator and current U.S. Rep. Mike Castle, will also be present. The club is asking for a $5 donation, but seats can be reserved by noon on Friday, Feb. 12, to receive the discounted price of $3.