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Meet the candidates for Hillsboro's legislative districts

Chamber of Commerce to hold forum July 14 for House of Representatives candidates.

The Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce is holding a meet-and-greet with the candidates hoping to represent Hillsboro in the Oregon Legislature.

Three Hillsboro legislative seats are up for grabs this fall, but only one incumbent is seeking re-election, promising Hillsboro residents at least two new faces in Salem after the November election.

From 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, July 14, the Chamber will host a get-together with six candidates seeking office in the Oregon House of Representatives.

“As we move into the 2017 legislative session, there are many priorities for Hillsboro and Washington County,” the Chamber wrote in a statement. “We invite Hillsboro Chamber members to attend and get to know the various candidates running for Oregon House of Representatives.”

The event is free and open to the public.

According to the Chamber, the candidates won’t be making formal presentations, but will have a question and answered session to discuss issues. Attendants will be able to speak candidates directly and discuss their views on a variety of issues.

The Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce is located at 5193 N.E. Elam Young Parkway.

To reserve your set, visit the Hillsboro Chamber's website.

House District 26

(South Hillsboro, Aloha, Scholls, Bull Mountain, King City, Sherwood, Wilsonville)

Ray Lister – D: A Wilsonville electrician and union organizer.

District 26 has elected republicans to the seat for years, but Lister said he’s hoping voters will put party affiliation aside and focus on policy. He said his work as an electrician has prepared him for Salem.

“As an electrician, if you call me to your house to fix your lights, I’m not going to stand in your doorway and have an hours-long philosophical debate about why your power might have been out, and what the pluses and minuses might have been,” Lister says. “I’m going to go in and figure out what’s wrong, and then I’m going to do my best to fix it.”

Rich Vial – R: A farmer and attorney from Scholls.

Vial currently chairs the Washington County Planning Commission and sits on the Clean wAter Services Advisory Commission. He told Pamplin Media Group during the May primary race that after 30 years working to improve the Hillsboro area, he’s ready to take his vision to Salem.

“My attitude is one of building relationships and looking for common ground,” Vial said. “Take time to understand the person who disagrees with your position. If you can’t work across the aisle, you can’t get anything done.”

House District 29

(Western Hillsboro, Cornelius, Forest Grove)

Incumbent Susan McLain – D: Retired Glencoe and Hillsboro high school teacher. Former Metro Councilor. She has served in the Oregon Legislature since 2014.

McLain ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, and told Pamplin Media Group during an endorsement interview last year that effective governance means working with both sides of the aisle.

“It’s important to work with everybody,” McLain said. “I’m talking with the full gamut of members, understanding that all communities need to be successful for Oregon to be successful.”

Juanita Lint – R: Co-Owner of Plum Hill Vineyard in Gaston.

“As Washington County continues to grow, I’m concerned that too many of our working families are being left behind,” Lint told Pamplin Media Group in March. I’m running for the legislature because I want our community to continue to be a great place to find stable employment and raise a family, and help more Oregonians realize the American Dream.”

House District 30

(East Hillsboro, North Plains)

Janeen Sollman – D: Hillsboro school board member and customer service specialist at Beaverton’s Vernier Software & Technology.

“As a school board member, parent, and advocate for our community, I’m running for the Oregon House to make education and standing up for working Oregonians our top priorities,” Sollman said in March.

Dan Mason – R: Hillsboro Budget Committee member, property manager.

“The system is broken; I believe it can be fixed,” Mason wrote on his Facebook page. “The problems facing our state are real; I believe they can be solved.”

Check it out

What: Meet the Candidates

Where: Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce

When: 4-6 p.m., Thursday, July 14

More info: http://hillsborochamber.org