First “Drive-Thru Dusty” gives South Dakotans face-to-face time with congressman
RAPID CITY, S.D. — U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson turning to the drive-thru for face-to-face time with South Dakota citizens.
After months of hosting town halls over the phone, Congressman Johnson set up shop Saturday afternoon in the old Albertson’s parking lot on Omaha Street near Mount Rushmore Road in Rapid City.
Constituents could drive up, ask questions, share concerns, or just stop by to meet their state congressman.
Johnson says questions fell mainly into two categories, one being how can citizens make better use of government agencies like the Veteran’s Affairs or Indian Health Service.
“And the other half are policy questions,” said Johnson. “‘Dusty what do you think of the next COVID package’ or ‘What are you guys going to do between now and the end of the year’ and those are important questions because people want to know what do I think.”
In times of COVID-19, many have turned to tech, but Johnson says nothing beats a face-to-face meeting and he says he plans to do more of what he calls “Drive-Thru Dustys.”