County Public Affairs Forum moves meetings to Hillsboro
Washington County's longtime forum is moving home to Hillsboro.
The Washington County Public Affairs Forum, a weekly forum discussing issues and civic matters important to the region, will move its weekly meetings back to Hillsboro after years in Aloha and Beaverton, forum members confirmed this week.
When the forum reconvenes on Sept. 10, it will do so in a new location, moving its weekly meetings to Coyote's Bar & Grill, 5301 W. Baseline Road, in Hillsboro, according to Public Affairs Forum president Rob Soloman
"We're a countywide organization," Soloman said. "We need to find a happy medium where people from Banks are able to drive out to our meetings. Folks are willing to come to Hillsboro faster than they will to Beaverton. We want to bring in the western side of the county and we can welcome them by finding a really good place."
Founded in 1956, the forum hosts regular interactions with elected officials and candidates seeking office. Meetings can draw as many as 80 to 100 people discussing everything from hot button issues like immigration to local elections for county judge.
The forum has moved from location to location over the years. For the past year and a half the forum has been held at the Golden Valley Brewery in Beaverton. Meetings were previously held at Aloha's Peppermill restaurant and the Tanasbourne Old Spaghetti Factory.
Though the forum addresses topics of every size and variety, it remains staunchly impartial on political matters, something Soloman said he's proud of.
"We want to bring issues to the people, and people to the issues," Soloman said. "We want people to ask direct questions so they can literally get it from the horse's mouth and make their own decisions. We want to influence people by allowing them to make up their own minds."
A schedule of speakers for this year's public affairs forum is expected later this month.
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