Graves open house
What: Open house for U.S. Rep. Tom Graves’ Gainesville office.
When: 4-6 p.m. Tuesday
Where: 311 Green St., Suite 302
U.S. Rep. Tom Graves will hold an open house Tuesday at his new Gainesville district office.
The event will showcase the new location on Green Street and provide an opportunity for people to learn about the services available through the congressman’s office.
Graves said his office is able to help people with everything from questions about Social Security and veterans benefits to information about touring the Capitol in Washington.
“It’s a lot of different components, but mainly what we refer to as casework in the district,” Graves said. “They’ll contact our office and we’re there to help and put them in contact with other agencies as necessary or provide whatever counsel or assistance we can.”
Graves recently moved the Gainesville district office to 311 Green St.
“It’s an opportunity for the community to come and see the office space that we have there in Gainesville as well as meet all the staff and ask questions about what they do and what are the fields of expertise of the staff,” Graves said. “I think what everyone will see is we’re just tearing down that wall that has too often existed between Washington and the people congressmen represent. We want to be fully accessible.”
The open house is part of Graves’ efforts to increase communication with constituents. He recently launched a new website and updates his Facebook and Twitter pages.
“We’ve taken a special focus on social networking and using the technology that’s available so that we are available to everyone whether they’re contacting us by traditional mail or e-mail or Twitter or Facebook. ... It’s almost a real time effort for everyone to see what’s going on Washington while we’re in session,” Graves said.
Graves has one other district office in Dalton. The 9th District covers a large swath of North Georgia, stretching from the northwestern corner of the state near Tennessee, over to Blairsville and down to Cumming.
Graves took over the 9th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives after winning a special election in May.
He served out the remaining term of Gov. Nathan Deal, who left the congressional seat to run for governor. Graves was elected without Democratic opposition in November and began his first full term in January.