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Patronis Holds 2nd Annual Government Day

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We know that our government affects us on a daily basis, but do you know how it works? State Representative Jimmy Patronis is working to answer your questions and concerns through his second annual "Government Day."

In our busy lives, it maybe difficult to have a firm grasp on the inner workings of government; but Thursday Patronis brought the government to the people to give folks a better understanding of how they're being represented.

"We get focused on soccer, football and church, and work and we sometimes put things aside that maybe we feel like we have little understanding of. But, you have that day that comes and you want to make an eight hundred phone number...and you're trying to explain something that may be complicated. This is a way to get a real person in front of you, as opposed to a person on the phone that hasn't," said Patronis

Coming off of Election Day, Patronis admits that a certain amount of over stimulation from political ads can turn off citizens to politics.

He said it's about balance and finding a way to educate yourself on the issues that matter to you.

Thursday's event at Gulf Coast State College paired citizens with community representatives looking to answer questions and concerns.

One of those agencies is the State Department of Management Services. Secretary Craig Nichols stressed the importance of our society to know and understand who their representatives are and how decisions made affect them.

"I've often said I think sometimes ignorance is kind of the biggest enemy we all have. I don't mean ignorance from a stance of stupidity or the negative connotation, but lack of knowledge and understanding. Somebody needs to know the different parts of your world and what affects you in your life. What the state is and our different agencies are, there's a lot of them here. There's a lot of things you don't think twice about when you drive down the road," said Nichols

Many in attendance praised the event for the opportunity to get answers to some of their questions straight from the officials themselves.