Inside Asbury United Methodist Church Thursday evening, people lined up between the pews to ask questions, many with a tone of concern in their voice.
County residents and others came to ask Rep. John Sarbanes and Sen. Ben Cardin, both Democrats, about the future of health care, an investigation into Russia's alleged influence on the 2016 election, environmental concerns and diversity in local government.
In his opening statement, Sarbanes gave a nod to the people in attendance.
"We need your energy, we need your leadership, we need to work together to make sure that we achieve the goal of getting back to the vision of America that we hold dear," Sarbanes said.
Cardin also thanked the people in the room for attending, and thanked the organizers of the town hall. The event was organized by a recently-formed coalition of two local groups, Women's March Regroup Huddle and Anne Arundel County Indivisible.
Anne Arundel County Indivisible has continued to grow since it launched in February of this year, founder Yasemin Jamison said. A Facebook page for the group now includes 880 members.
The group recently merged with Women's March Regroup Huddle, and together held a town hall Thursday evening.
The town hall is the latest in a series of events organized by or in collaboration with the Anne Arundel County Indivisible.
After the representatives fielded questions about health care, Russia, the environment and diversity in politics, Carl Snowden, the convener of the Caucus of African-American Leaders, spoke about what he called a lack of diversity in Anne Arundel County Circuit Courts. He said an African-American woman has never served on the court.
On June 7, Snowden's group, as well as Anne Arundel County Indivisible, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee and Action Annapolis will hold a protest at 10 a.m. to "call attention" to what they see as a lack of diversity in the circuit court.
The groups will meet at the Civil Rights Foot Soliders Memorial at 44 Calvert Street and then march to Church Circle at 11 a.m.