PORTLAND, Ore. -

The office of Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., said Friday the senator will hold town halls in Prineville, Bend and Madras on Monday, Feb. 18.

Merkley "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," the statement said.

“Talking directly to Oregonians in every county is a great way to hear about the issues folks want me to fight for in Washington,” said Merkley.  “I urge all residents of Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties to come and share their opinions and work with me to make our state and nation a stronger place.”

In 2008, Merkley pledged to hold town halls in each of Oregon’s 36 counties every year. He upheld his pledge in the previous four years and is continuing that commitment in 2013. Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson Counties will be his 159th, 160th and 161st town halls as a U.S. Senator.

What:

Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley holds town hall in Crook County.

When:

Monday, February 18, 2013

10:00 am

Where:

Crook County High School

Cafeteria

1100 SE Lynn Blvd

Prineville, OR 97754

What:

Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley holds town hall in Deschutes County.

When:

Monday, February 18, 2013

1:30 pm

Where:

Hollinshead Barn

In Hollinshead Park

1235 NE Jones Road

Bend, Oregon 97701

What: