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House District 29 race keeps candidates busy

NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Supporter Dennis Poulin (far left), Framers Touch owner Kristen Ling and friend Bob Harman (back to camera) listened to Lints brief talk. Harman, owner of the Man Bites Dog hot dog stand, said Lint has the gift of service.Traditional wisdom says most voters don’t really start paying attention to political campaigns until after Labor Day, when summer vacation is over and school starts up again.

But Democrat Susan McLain — currently state representative for “House District 29, which stretches from Brookwood Avenue in Hillsboro to Forest Grove — and Juanita Lint”, her Republican challenger, were both busy meeting with voters long before then.

McLain held two town halls this summer — one on small business and one on affordable housing — and will hold a Constituent Coffee on Education meeting Saturday, Sept. 17.

And Lint has held several meetings to introduce herself to voters, including a “Meet and Greet” reception at A Framer’s Touch on 21st Ave. in downtown Forest Grove.

Store owner Kristen Ling has worked with Lint on projects for the Forest Grove/Cornelius Chamber of Commerce.

The event drew Lint supporters as well as a few newcomers such as Sofia Jimenez and Shawn Satter of Cornelius, who said they were trying to educate themselves about the candidates before the November election.

Lint, who grew up in the eastern Oregon town of Milton-Freewater, described her experience of being the only woman in the class at the time she got her computer engineering degree from the Oregon Institute of Technology.

She built computer systems for AT&T until she retired in Forest Grove, where she is now known as the owner of Plum Hill Vineyards.

It’s partly due to some of the red tape she ran up against when starting the winery in 2009 that Lint decided to run for the Legislature, she said: “I was thinking about some of the silly processes people have to do to open a business.”

Then she joined the Chamber and learned “I was not the only one who felt this way.”

Lint hopes to erase some state regulations by helping other legislators understand “what happens when they propose and pass these bills.”

Dennis Poulin, who owns the local McDonald’s, first met Lint at Plum Hill, then served with her on the Chamber board and is now on her campaign’s finance committee. “I’m supporting her financially and every way I can,” he said.