Due to a series of unexpected votes, Senator Merkley must remain in Washington, D.C. and postpone his town halls that were scheduled for Linn and Benton counties on Tuesday, February 13 and Washington and Columbia counties on Wednesday, February 14. Senator Merkley looks forward to rescheduling the events soon to hear from community members in Linn, Benton, Washington, and Columbia counties. Updated event schedules and invitations will be shared in the coming weeks, so please stay tuned for more information.
Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley announced today his first in-person town halls of the new year will be held in Linn and Benton counties on Tuesday, February 13 and in Washington and Columbia counties on Wednesday, February 14. The four events will kick start Merkley’s 2024 town hall tour of Oregon, where he will hold community conversations for each of the state’s 36 counties.
“I hold a town hall for every Oregon county, every year because there is simply no substitute to hearing directly from folks about the ideas and priorities that matter most to them and their communities. Oregonians’ thoughts help shape my work in Congress, including positions on policies, ideas for bills, and strategies for securing resources for every corner of our state,” Merkley said.
“Over the course of the more than 540 town halls I’ve held since Oregonians sent me to the Senate, I’ve seen how these events provide respectful, safe spaces for people to express their unique points of view during these often-divisive times. We all benefit significantly when we leave our comfort zone and open ourselves up to new ways of looking at issues—me included.
“I am thrilled to hit the road to meet with Oregonians from all walks of life in their communities.”
Since taking office in 2009, Senator Merkley has kept his promise to hold an open town hall for each of Oregon’s 36 counties every year. His upcoming town hall conversations are as follows, with additional details to be sent to local media ahead of the event:
Tuesday, February 13:
Linn County Town Hall
Time: 10:30 a.m. PT
Location: Linn-Benton Community College—Russell Tripp Performance Center in Takena Hall
6500 Pacific Blvd SW, Albany, OR 97321
Benton County Town Hall
Time: 1 p.m. PT
Location: Corvallis Armory—The Classroom
1100 NW Kings Blvd, Corvallis, OR 97330
Wednesday, February 14:
Washington County Town Hall
Time: 11 a.m. PT
Location: Portland Community College—Rock Creek Campus, Building 9—Event Center
17705 NW Springville Rd, Portland, OR 97229
Columbia County Town Hall
Time: 2 p.m. PT
Location: OMIC Training Center at Portland Community College—Columbia County Center—Room 102
34001 NE Wagner Ct. Scappoose, OR 97056