PUBLIC SERVANT

Perry represents all constituents

It is refreshing to find that our representational government does work, especially when the representative is invested in all his people. Congressman Perry is truly a servant of all his constituents.

I have Essential Tremor, the most common movement disorder and -- ironically -- the least funded one. I contacted Congressman Perry's office because I could not find the status of the drug trial, which may be the best hope to specifically treat Essential Tremor.

When I contacted Congressman Perry and his deputy chief of staff, Bob Reilly, I requested a face-to-face meeting. Show-and-tell is very effective when a movement disorder is the subject of conversation.

Congressman Perry and Mr. Reilly gave me their complete attention and the time to discuss my concerns with them. I explained that the trial for a very promising Essential Tremor drug had been discontinued without explanation. I requested that the congressman find out what happened to the drug trial.

Mr. Reilly followed up with me several times to gather the information needed to contact the National Institute of Health, where the trial was conducted. He maintained contact with me throughout the process and updated me on his progress.

Within a short time, he provided me with an answer and offered to continue to be a resource if more questions arose. He was a proficient professional who was a pleasure to work with.

As an independent voter, the congressman stands to gain nothing from me. I do not donate money to political causes, and I am a fiercely independent voter -- there will be no quid pro quo from me.

As an individual who votes in every election and believes participation is necessary to democracy, I am very thankful that Congressman Perry is truly my congressman and not just a servant of his own party.

NANNETTE HALLIWELL

Springettsbury Twp.