U.S. Rep. David Wu is expected to visit Columbia County as part of a series of short one-on-one meetings with constituents.

Wu, a Hillsdale Democrat who represents Oregon's 1st Congressional District, will be in St. Helens Thursday in a 'new and ongoing effort to directly engage constituents,' according to an announcement released from his office last week.

Wu will meet face-to-face with individuals and small groups across the district.

Wu's announcement made no mention of questions surrounding his mental health or departure of several senior staff, saying only that Wu wanted to ask voters about the economy and ways to create jobs.

'After years of uncertainty, we are beginning to see real signs that Oregon's economy is turning the corner - and the 1st Congressional District is leading the way,' Wu said in a statement. 'At this crucial time, I want to hear from constituents with fresh ideas to encourage private-sector growth and job creation.'

Unlike traditional town halls - which Wu staffers say are being scheduled for a later time - the congressman will meet with constituents privately in short meetings. The one-on-one meetings are by appointment only and are on a first-come, first-served basis.

'In order to accommodate as many people as possible, each meeting will be approximately five minutes in length,' the announcement read.

Wu has set aside one-and-a-half hours for the St. Helens visit. As of Tuesday morning, March 22, a spokesman for the congressman said there were still time slots available for the St. Helens leg of his tour.

Wu's office requires those interested in attending a meeting at St. Helens city hall to schedule an appointment by calling 503-326-2901 or 800-422-4003.

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