HOBART | Edith and Robert Roberson took advantage Monday of a free breakfast and a chance to informally chat with U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville.
"We also came because we want to take advantage of the chance to vote early with no lines," Edith Roberson said.
The Robersons were among a small group of about 30 residents who came to the Hobart Community Center to meet with Visclosky.
Some of the group then traveled by bus to the Lake County Government Complex in Crown Point for early voting.
The event was hosted by City Councilman David Vinzant, D-4th, and his wife, Leni Vinzant.
Vinzant said he hosted the breakfast as an informal way for residents to meet with Visclosky.
Viscloskly, an incumbent, is being challenged for the U.S. Representative 1st District seat by Republican Joel Phelps.
"This was a chance for him (Visclosky) to get out and talk with people rather than stand up front and give a speech," Vinzant said.
Hobart resident Evelyn Lisek was at the breakfast.
"I'm interested in what's happening in Northwest Indiana, especially our area," Lisek said.
Lisek, who has lived in Hobart for six years, said she wasn't planning to make the trip to Crown Point to vote early. She said she'd be among those voting in her Hobart precinct Nov. 6.
"I've never missed voting in my entire life. It's important, and I hope all the young people out there know that voting is important," Lisek said.
Visclosky thanked Vinzant and those who had attended in what he termed a time when few people participate in community events.