Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., begins 2014 -- a year he's up for re-election -- a round of town halls, including three on Saturday in Madras, Prineville and Bend, the senator's office announced Tuesday.
In the announcement, they said 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."
“Advocating for Oregonians is my No. 1 responsibility, and holding a town hall in every county is a great way to hear directly from Oregonians,” Merkley said. “I invite all residents of Jefferson, Crook and Deschutes 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, and these will be his 184th through 186th town halls as a U.S. senator.
. Jefferson, Crook and Deschutes Counties will be his 184th, 185th and 186th town halls as a U.S. Senator.
Merkley begins the day with a 9 a.m. town hall at the Central Oregon Community College- Madras Open Campus Building community room, at 1170 E. Ashwood Rd in Madras.
At 1 p.m., he will hold a town hall at the Central Oregon Community College- Prineville Open Campus Building, 510 SE Lynn Blvd in Prineville.
The senator's third town hall of the day is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Central Oregon Community College- Bend Campus Center Building, Wille Hall, at 2600 N.W. College Way in Bend.
Merkley's run for a second six-year Senate term already has drawn several challengers on the Republican side who will vie for the party's nomination in May, including state Rep. Jason Conger of Bend