HD 32 candidates invited to Gales Creek forum
For the second consecutive month, a community group in western Washington County will hold a candidate forum featuring legislative contenders.
All four people running for House District 32, an open seat spanning Clatsop County, the northern half of Tillamook County and parts of western Washington County, have been invited to attend the Wednesday, Oct. 10, meeting of Community Participation Organization 13.
The candidate field includes Democrat Tiffiny Mitchell of Astoria and Republican Vineeta Lower of Seaside, along with Brian P. Halvorsen of Rockaway Beach, running on the Independent Party of Oregon ballot line, and Randell Carlson of Tillamook, the Libertarian Party of Oregon nominee.
State Rep. Deborah Boone, D-Hamlet, who has represented the district since 2004, is not running for re-election.
All four candidates live in coastal counties, which make up the bulk of the district's area and population. However, HD 32 also takes in the Gales Creek area west of Forest Grove, as well as Gaston to the south and parts of the Banks area to the north.
Meeting attendees are invited to submit their own questions for the candidates.
CPO 13 will be meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Gales Creek Community Church. The church is located at 9170 N.W. Sargent Road, just off Highway 8 in the heart of Gales Creek.
Last month, when CPO 13 met in Verboort — it alternates its meeting sites between the unincorporated communities of Gales Creek and Verboort, both of which it represents — it invited state Reps. Janeen Sollman and Susan McLain, Democrats of Hillsboro and Forest Grove respectively, and their respective opponents, Republicans Dorothy Merritt of Hillsboro and David Molina of Forest Grove, for an Oregon House of Representatives candidate forum.
Merritt declined to attend and Sollman was only present for a few minutes at the start of the meeting, so the forum featured only McLain and Molina, who are running for represent House District 29, which covers Forest Grove, Cornelius and west Hillsboro.
CPO 13 is one of several such organizations throughout Washington County that advise the county government on issues facing their communities. Most of the county's CPOs, like CPO 13, cover unincorporated areas that are not represented by a city government.
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