Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley announced Monday, March 6 that he is continuing to hold in-person town halls in 2023 with community conversations in Lake County on Saturday, March 11 and in Klamath County on Sunday, March 12.
“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.
He held in-person town halls throughout January and February, speaking with Oregonians in 19 counties ranging from Oregon’s North Coast to the Columbia River Gorge, Eastern Oregon, Southern Oregon, the Willamette Valley, and Clackamas County.
Senator Merkley’s upcoming town hall conversations are as follows, with additional details to be sent to local media ahead of each town hall:
Saturday, March 11:Lake County Town Hall
Time: 4 p.m. PT
Location: Lakeview High School—Cafeteria
906 South 3rd Street, Lakeview, OR 97630
Sunday, March 12:Klamath County Town Hall
Time: 1:30 p.m. PT
Location: Oregon Institute of Technology—College Union Building, Upper Level, Crater Lake Complex (Mt. Mazama/Mt. Scott Rooms)
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