Wyden Will Hold Several Virtual Town Halls Next Week Throughout Oregon
Live on-line town halls hosted by Town Hall Project will be for residents of Multnomah, Marion, Douglas and Jackson counties
Portland – U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today announced he will have multiple live on-line town halls next week hosted by Town Hall Project for residents of Multnomah, Marion, Douglas and Jackson counties
A two-time winner of Town Hall Project’s MVP award as well as a winner of Town Hall Project’s Democracy Defender award, Wyden has held 970 in-person town halls statewide in fulfillment of his pledge to hold at least one town hall each year in each of Oregon’s 36 counties. Wyden has postponed in-person town halls until there are clear-cut public health guidelines that a large open-to-all public meeting poses no unusual health risk for Oregonians. After the pandemic in March 2020 required Wyden’s town halls to go virtual, he has continued to hold regional and statewide virtual town halls hosted by Town Hall Project.
“A fresh start with a new administration and Senate still in its first weeks makes it especially important to hear directly now from Oregonians about their thoughts and priorities going forward,” Wyden said. “While COVID-19 health precautions require a temporary hold on in-person town halls, I appreciate Town Hall Project for allowing these conversations to continue online throughout our state. Listening to Oregonians is essential to doing my job and a key piece of the ‘Oregon Way’ that focuses on finding solutions to tough challenges.”
The virtual town hall schedule is as follows:
- Multnomah County, Noon, Thursday, Feb. 18 link to watch
- Marion County, 11 am, Friday, Feb. 19 link to watch
- Douglas County, 9:30 am, Saturday, Feb. 20 link to watch
- Jackson County, 2:30 pm, Saturday, Feb. 20 link to watch
For Oregonians in all these counties who want to submit questions for Senator Wyden, here’s the link.
"Town Hall Project was founded on the conviction that in-person town halls are essential to our democracy,” said Nathan Williams, Executive Director of Town Hall Project. “But during this global pandemic, we strongly encourage all lawmakers to prioritize the health of their constituents and to suspend indoor in-person gatherings,
“It's more important than ever that elected leaders stay connected to their constituents, so we urge lawmakers to hold virtual town halls that are open dialogues with the people they represent,” Williams said. “Town Hall Project is proud to be hosting another open, substantive virtual forum between Senator Wyden and his fellow Oregonians."
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