Local officials visit White House to discuss issues impacting communities

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) – Local officials from Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio traveled to the White House Thursday to discuss combatting the opioid crisis, among other issues.

The White House is seen in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The State Leadership Day offered the elected leaders to talk about shared priorities in their areas.

“To be able to have an open door like this and come straight to the administration is tremendous,” said Commissioner Steve Shoffner of Sandusky, Ohio.

One of the major topics of the day was the opioid crisis. Director of National Drug Policy, James Carroll, spoke about the issue on a national and local scale to the leaders.

“It’s great to go around the country and visit so many places,” Carroll said. “But by bringing them together here at the White House, they can talk openly and freely and let us know exactly their concerns.”

Local leaders also met to talk about advancing economic opportunities in their area, as well as infrastructure funding. Judge Dan Ison of Shelby County, Kentucky felt the day was a great example of the connection between state, local and federal government.

“I think every day that we can have communications is successful,” Ison said. “We must keep our dialogue open. The federal, president must hear our message, and we hear his message.”
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