Sen. Merkley holding Hood River town hall Jan. 21

Senator Jeff Merkley will hold town halls in Hood River, Wasco, Gilliam and Sherman Counties this week.

He will update constituents on his work in Washington, DC and answer their questions and invite their suggestions about how to tackle the challenges facing Oregon and America.

“Advocating for Oregonians is my number one responsibility and holding a town hall in every county is a great way to hear directly from Oregonians,” said Merkley. “I invite all residents of Hood River, Wasco, Gilliam and Sherman Counties to come and discuss what we need to do to strengthen our state and nation.”

In 2008, Merkley pledged to hold town halls in each of Oregon’s 36 counties every year. He upheld his pledge in the previous five years. Hood River, Wasco, Gilliam and Sherman Counties will be his 197th, 203rd, 204th and 205th town halls as a U.S. Senator.

Senator Jeff Merkley holds town hall in Hood River County.

When:

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

9:00 am

Where:

Hood River County Library

502 State Street

Hood River, OR

Senator Jeff Merkley holds town hall in Wasco County.

When:

Thursday, January 23, 2014

10:30 am

Where:

The Dalles Wahtonka High School

Library

220 E 10th Street

The Dalles, OR

Senator Jeff Merkley holds town hall in Gilliam County.

When:

Thursday, January 23, 2014

2:30 pm

Where:

Arlington City Hall

Council Chambers

500 West First Street

Arlington, OR

Senator Jeff Merkley holds town hall in Sherman County.

When:

Thursday, January 23, 2014

5:30 pm

Where:

Rufus City Hall

Council Chambers

304 W 2nd Street, Suite 100

Rufus, OR

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