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Heated crowd attends Congressman Bergman town hall

As some people closed their eyes and bowed their heads for opening prayer, others shouted 'separation of church and state.' That set the tone for the rest of the event.

OTSEGO COUNTY (WPBN/WGTU) -- Since President Trump's election congressional town halls across the country have been heated.

The one Congressman Jack Bergman held in Gaylord Thursday night was no different.

Hundreds of people attended and whether they agreed or disagreed with Congressman Bergman they were definitely vocal about it.

As some people closed their eyes and bowed their heads for opening prayer, others shouted 'separation of church and state.' That set the tone for the rest of the event.

"I'm here to see what's happening," said Larry Shoemaker, who attended the town hall. "If I can ask him some questions I would like to ask a couple of questions, but otherwise just to see what's happening in Washington."

"I really hope that representative Bergman hears us and responds to us," said Sandra Pritchard a member of Traverse City Indivisible, a political activist group.

Pritchard said she came to hold the newly elected congressman accountable.

"Some of us are bringing in [red and green signs] to be able to silently indicate [approval or disapproval] and they're being confiscated."

Pritchard said many people were forced to sneak in the cards.

So once Congressman Bergman began answering questions on some of the hot topics like, healthcare, social security and planned parenthood, he got hear and see the crowds reaction.

"People want to make sure their elected representatives are actually working and getting some things done," said Congressman Bergman. "There is frustration on both sides but that's the give and take of being an elected official."

If you weren't able to attend the town hall, you can always send questions or comments to the Congressman Bergman's website.

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