Invitation extended to Oregon legislative candidates to attend a public forum in King City to meet the public and talk

The unofficial start of Oregon's political campaign season has always been Labor Day after a relatively quiet summer without candidate's commercials on TV, radio spots or newspaper ads of smiling candidate faces next to bulleted talking points.

Washington County Democrats are hoping to get a jump start on the fall ballot scheduling an all inclusive Meet the Candidates Night in King City August 11 that so far has pulled in 13 office seekers and incumbents promising they will attend.

'This forum will provide an opportunity for local citizens to meet their respective candidates,' said the program chair for the King City Democrats, Ellie Burch. 'And the event is open to the public, so it's a good opportunity to get answers of candidates directly.'

The following candidates have said they will take part in the forum:

Rick Ross - Candidate Senate District 13; John Napolitano - Candidate SD 15; Rep. Brad Avakian - Candidate SD 17; Sen. Richard Devlin - SD 19; Lee Coleman - Candidate House District 26; Tobias Read - Candidate HD 27; Rep. Jeff Barker - HD 28; Rep. Chuck Riley - HD 29; David Edwards - Candidate HD 30; Rep. Mitch Greenlick - HD 33; Representative for Suzanne Bonamici - Candidate HD 34; Rep. Larry Galizio - HD 35; Bev Backa - Candidate HD 37.

Sen. Betsy Johnson, SD 16 will not be able to attend because of a prior commitment in Tillamook, but will send a statement, as will Rep. Debbie Boone from HD 32.

The organizers have not received official word that Gov. Kulongoski will be coming to King City, though they are trying to get him to attend, and Rep. Wu's office said he wants to be there but they can't decide yet if he can make it.

The candidates will be presented to the public and allowed to speak for a few minutes on any topic. Afterwards there will be refreshments and an opportunity to talk to the candidates individually.

The forum starts at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 11 in the King City Civic Association Town Hall, 15245 S.W. 116th Avenue, King City. Call 503-639-9955 for more information.

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