Candidates vying for visibility

As Election Day draws nearer, the Sandy area's candidates for the Oregon Legislature are popping up all over the place.

State Rep. Patti Smith, R-Corbett, has been seen knocking on doors throughout the area and attending various meetings throughout the community, including many relating to her involvement with the Legislature. She hosted the Joint Emergency Preparedness Committee's Natural Disasters Subcommitee at Sandy City Hall in July.

In addition to the Grange Forum, Smith will attend a Farm Bureau fund-raiser Sept. 27 and a candidates' forum in Corbett on Sept. 28, among other meetings.

Smith's challenger, Hood River Democrat Suzanne VanOrman, said she has been going door to door throughout the district and making phone calls to voters. She has mobilized her loyal volunteers to write letters to the editor and put up lawn signs.

VanOrman, who was most recently seen at the Sept. 4 Sandy City Council meeting, also will attend the Corbett forum on Sept. 28. She also will appear at the Milwaukie Senior Center and the local League of Women Voters meetings.

Before the grange forum, incumbent State Sen. Rick Metsger, D-Welches, will unveil his legislative agenda for the 2007 session at the Paris Café, 16607 Champion Way, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21. There he'll talk about funding services such as education and the Oregon State Police, and will discuss growth and annexation issues.

Metsger also will host former Gov. John Kitzhaber in Hood River this month to discuss healthcare reform and will welcome the Small Business Council meeting to Welches this week. He also will attend the Corbett forum, among many other events. Last week he went door to door in Boring and has plans to go door to door in the rural areas surrounding Sandy.

His challenger, Republican Carol York of Hood River, has been to many coffee shops for chats with the people she hopes will become constituents. She was recently at the North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce with her opponent at an 'Eggs and Issues' breakfast.

York recently spoke at the Sandy Kiwanis Club and has been seen at the Sandy Chamber of Commerce Good Morning Sandy events, Mount Hood Museum board meetings, Government Camp CPO meetings and Government Camp Tax Increment Finance District meetings. She also plans to be at the Corbett forum and numerous other gatherings.

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