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Residents encouraged to attend breakfast

NATCHEZ — Mom used to always recommend starting the day off with a good breakfast. Monday, Adams County residents can have a chance to do that with a side of senators.

The Natchez-Adams County Chamber of Commerce will host its annual legislative breakfast Monday at the Natchez Eola Hotel from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Cost for the breakfast will be $10 at the door.

All of the area’s legislators — Rep. Robert Johnson (D-Natchez), Sen. Melanie Sojourner (R-Natchez), Rep. Sam Mims (R-McComb), Sen. Kelvin Butler (D-Magnolia) and Rep. Angela Cockerham (D-Magnolia) — will be in attendance.

“This gives everybody in the community who would like to come in and have breakfast the opportunity to have face-to-face contact with the people who represent this area in Jackson,” said Stephanie Hutchins of the chamber’s legislative committee.

“It also gives them the opportunity to hear from the legislators about their views of the importance of what is coming up, and the people in attendance can submit their own written questions to get answers to specific things as well.”

The legislative breakfast has always had high community participation, Hutchins said.

“We have always had a great turnout, which is just an indication that our community wants to be engaged,” she said. “And our legislators always come, even though there is quite a distance to travel for several of them, which shows that they also like the opportunity to see the people they represent.”

The elected leaders likewise don’t patronize those in attendance, Hutchins said.

“Our people don’t waste this time, they are very specific and to the point, and will answer questions very clearly,” she said.

The question-and-answer portion of the breakfast will begin at 8 a.m.