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Guam Delegate Michael San Nicolas will hold his first town hall meeting during his District Office opening Monday, according to a Facebook graphic.

A sponsored Facebook post advertising Delegate Mike San Nicolas' "Omnibus Town Hall" meeting may have found its way to your newsfeed.

Congressional sources tell KUAM News San Nicolas is the last Freshman Congressman to open a district office, and after a nearly three-month delay, his office opens Monday.

The Town hall held during working hours on a workday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It will likely be over before most people get off from work.

The graphic advertising the Town Hall meeting lays out specific hours for certain issues - war claims, Medicaid and supplemental security income concerns will be heard from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., while military buildup, labor shortages and compact impact concerns will get 90 minutes from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 4pm will be reserved for veterans issues, agent orange and radiation fallout downwinders.

Former Delegate Robert Underwood says he'll be asking questions at Monday's Town hall meeting and he adds the format seems a little too restrictive.

"We'll see if someone asks a question that's not war claims during the war claims time and see what he does with it," Underwood said.

While Delegate San Nicolas had set up a 1-800 number, with no local presence on Guam, Underwood says face to face interaction has been AWOL for San Nicolas' constituents.

"That's almost like the meat and potatoes, the rice and kelaguen of any congressional rep is to have that opportunity for engagement and the onus is on the congressional rep because most of the time, you're not here," Underwood said.

Underwood adds that District office work is for the most part, -  constituent services - those who need to navigate the federal government's sea of paperwork and procedure can do so a lot easier with the help of a congressional inquiry, Underwood said.

"Maybe this experience will help breakdown a few barriers. I certainly hope so," he added.

San Nicolas' office located on the third floor of the Civille and Tang Law offices in Hagatna.

A local district office phone number has not been provided, and those with disabilities are asked to email Vanessa Cariaso at Vanessa.cariaso@mail.house.gov the Delegate's graphic reads "all are welcome" and doors to the office are open for the public in the event they need "any additional updates or service items."

KUAM News sent the delegate an email asking if another town hall would be held at hours more accommodating to people who hold daytime jobs. We also asked the delegate how much his office rent is and if he could provide a staffing pattern for his DC and Guam offices - however, we did not receive a reply as of news time.

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