U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici hosts town hall at Scappoose Middle School at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22

SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, left, speaks with Craig Allison and Paula Miranda, both with the Port of Columbia County, during a mid-August visit to Scappoose. Bonamici will be hosting a town hall meeting in Scappoose on Saturday, Sept. 22.Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici will be hosting a town hall meeting in Scappoose on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Scappoose Middle School from 2 to 3 p.m.

The event is one of six town halls Bonamici is hosting in Oregon's 1st Congressional District in September. Earlier this month she visited Seaside, Tualatin and Newberg. Just prior to visiting Scappoose, the congresswoman is scheduled to visit Banks as well.

Bonamici, a Democrat from Beaverton, regularly hosts town hall meetings to provide residents with an opportunity to ask questions and bring about awareness of issues locally.

"At my town hall meetings, I listen to the people I represent about what is happening in your community and discuss how I can best address your concerns in Congress. In recent months many Oregonians have contacted me about protecting the environment, preventing gun violence, improving access to health care, strengthening retirement security, ending family separation, and holding the Trump Administration accountable," a press release from Bonamici's office stated.

In addition to the upcoming public meeting, Bonamici has recently paid Columbia County several visits to meet with several key players in various industries. In mid-August, Clatskanie mint farmer Mike Seely, who runs Seely Mint, hosted the congresswoman and several of her staffers after Bonamici helped Seely secure a $250,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to ramp up hiring in advance of a new mint tea product launch.

During the same visit, Bonamici also stopped by the Scappoose Industrial Airpark to see changes at the airport facility including an upgrade to the taxiway, which is party is part of a master plan

update for the airport funded in part

by a Federal Aviation Administration grant.

Bonamici was first elected to congress in 2012 and is currently running for reelection against Republican nominee John Verbeek, of Portland.

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