BEND, Ore. -

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) will hold town hall meetings in central and eastern Oregon next week, kicking off a nine day trip throughout the Second District with town hall meetings in eight counties, including Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Union, Wallowa, Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath counties.

“While the Congress and the country face difficult choices about reducing the debt and growing our economy, I’m also working on finding solutions for local problems here at home.  Providing enough water and power for job creation, unleashing innovation in the technology sector, improving management of our federal forests, and taking care of those who wear or have worn our nation’s uniform remain priorities for me,” said Rep. Walden.  

By Feb. 1, Rep. Walden will have held town hall meetings in 16 of the 20 counties in the Second District. Last year, Rep. Walden held 24 town hall meetings, at least one in each of the 20 counties.

Details on additional events, including the other town hall meetings, will be announced as they are finalized.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

What:            Crook County Town Hall Meeting
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  
Where:          Prineville Senior Center, 180 NE Belknap Street, Prineville

What:            Deschutes County Town Hall Meeting
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.   
Where:          Bend Senior Center, 1600 SE Reed Market Road, Bend
Note:             Rep. Walden will be joined by special guests state Sen. Tim Knopp and state Reps. Gene Whisnant and Jason Conger.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

What:           Jefferson County Town Hall Meeting
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.  
Where:         Madras Senior Center, 860 SW Madison, Madras


Town Halls in Redmond and South Deschutes County and Joining Congressman Walden in Bend

Senator Tim Knopp (R-Deschutes County) and Representative Gene Whisnant (R-Sunriver) were sworn in on January 14, 2013 at the Capitol. They were in Salem for a few days attending organizational events and are now spending some time in district meeting with citizens and community leaders to discuss the legislative session which begins on Monday, February 4th.

As part of their outreach programs, they will host Town Halls in Redmond and South Deschutes County. The Redmond Town Hall will be held Friday, January 25th at the Redmond Senior Center, 325 NW Dogwood (Next to the Redmond Fire Station), from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

The South Deschutes County Town Hall will be held Thursday, January 31st at the Sunriver Library, 56855 Venture Lane (in the Sunriver Business Park), from 9:00 AM to 11 AM.

Senator Knopp commented, "Town Halls are very important to legislators as we begin a session and allows us to communicate what we hope to achieve on their behalf."  

The legislators will discuss the upcoming 2013 session sharing their goals and listen to citizen comments and suggestions.

"These Town Halls provide a great opportunity for us to receive the public's inputs and suggestions," Rep. Whisnant stated. "I hope we have overflow attendance."

Senator Knopp, Representatives Whisnant, and Representative Jason Conger (R-Bend) will join US Congressman Greg Walden as his guests for the Congressman's Town Hall on Thursday, January 24th at the Bend Senior Center from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM.