Friday, July 7, 2023

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley announced today he is continuing to hold in-person town halls in 2023 with community conversations in four Oregon counties in July: Multnomah, Washington, Columbia, and Lane 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 500 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—myself included.

“It’s been great to get back on the road again to meet Oregonians from all walks of life.”

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. In recent years, many of the events have been virtual amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senator Merkley has spoken with Oregonians all across the state since the start of 2023. His upcoming town hall conversations are as follows, with additional details to be sent to local media ahead of each town hall:

Saturday, July 15:

Multnomah County Town Hall

Time: 10 a.m. PT

Location: Centennial High School—Gym

3505 SE 182nd Ave. Gresham, OR 97030

Washington County Town Hall

Time: 1 p.m. PT

Location: Century High School—Gym

2000 SE Century Blvd. Hillsboro, OR 97123

Columbia County Town Hall

Time: 4 p.m. PT

Location: Lewis and Clark Elementary School—Gym

111 S 9th St. St Helens, OR 97051

Sunday, July 16:

Lane County Town Hall

Time: 3 p.m. PT

Location: Lane County Community College—Building 19, Konnie Conference Room 103, 1st Floor

4000 E 30th Ave, Eugene, OR 97405