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Delegate Joseph Yost holds Skype town hall meeting in Blacksburg

BLACKSBURG -

It is the face of something new in the Commonwealth, and a growing trend around the country Delegate Joseph Yost met with about a dozen constituents via Skype Monday afternoon.

"Unfortunately some folks just can't make the time to travel 3 or 4 hours," said Del. Joseph Yost, (R) – 12th District.

"With geographic distance a lot of people feel disconnected from the people who represent them," said Olivia Babis, with Planned Parenthood.

The subject of the meeting hosted by Planned Parenthood focused on medicaid expansion in Virginia. The delegate says the technology allows people to stay tuned in to representatives while they are in session.

"I think it's wonderful that politicians are beginning to reach out and assess communities in a different way. It brings the state together and makes it much smaller," said Christina Gardner who attended the event.

We spoke to Salem Delegate Greg Habeeb this weekend who says he has done something like this before only on a smaller scale, but he says in the future he would like to try this in a town hall format.

"Even with folks that we may not agree with on certain issues I think it's important that we are reaching out and letting them know hey I'm here," said Yost.

He is joining a nationwide trend that time and distance will not be a barrier that keeps elected leaders from those who voted them in office.

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