Members of Lewis County's state legislature delegation gathered at the Lewis County Senior Center to hear from the gathered crowd Thursday afternoon.
The Senior Center hosted its annual Legislative Appreciation Reception Thursday. The event gave everyone in the county from residents to elected officials the chance to meet with the senators and delegates and share their concerns. Staff at the senior center said the event is their way of giving back to those who represent them in Charleston.
"This is the senior center's way of showing appreciation to all the legislators do for us, not only through funding that we receive through the governor's community partnership program, but for all their support throughout the year," said Assistant Director Kim Harrison.
While events like these are appreciated by those officials, they also appreciate the opportunity it offers. Delegate Peggy Donaldson Smith represents Lewis County, and she said events like these will give her guidance as she heads into the session.
"This is where I learn exactly what the county is interested in what everybody's interested in. I want people to tell me this is a bill I'm interested in, this is something I'd like for you to do, because there's no way for me to know unless they tell me. So I encourage people to write call let me know things they're interested in," said Smith.
Other groups in the county take the opportunity to reinforce their friendships with those officials. Bill White works with the Jane Lew Community Center. He said that even though he's known the legislators for Lewis County for some time, he wants to be sure they know what the needs of his group will be throughout the year.
"Just building relationships, and hoping to continue to have the type of relationship we need to keep our center moving," said White.
This year's legislative session will convene in Charleston this Wednesday, February 13 and will adjourn at midnight on April 13.