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CPOs plan candidate forum on April 21

Want to get to know the candidates for a few of the area’s big races before the May 17 Oregon Primary?

Then mark your calendars for April 21.

The Metzger and Garden Home CPOs are hosting a primary forum on April 21, giving candidates for three of the region’s big races to get some one-on-one time with local voters.

The forum starts at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 21 at the Patricia D. Whiting Hall at Metzger Park, 8400 S.W. Hemlock St.

The event is hosted by the Metzger and Garden Home citizen participation organizations, community groups that meet monthly to discuss issues and consult with the county's Board of Commissioners on planning, housing, parks, recreation and other matters.

The forum will include candidates for local Washington County commission, Metro council and democrats racing for House District 27, which represents Raleigh Hills, Beaverton and Southwest Portland. Incumbent Tobias Read is not seeking re-election while he runs for state treasurer.


The following candidates are expected to speak at the April 21 forum at Metzger Park:

House District 27, Democrats

• Darin Campbell, of Southwest Portland

• Sheri Malstrom, of Beaverton

Metro Council District 3

• Craig Dirksen, Tigard (incumbent)

• Garrit Rosenthal, Tualatin

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Washington County Commission District 3

• Roy Rogers, Tigard (incumbent)

• Glendora Claybrooks, Tualatin

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Jim Long, the chairman of Metger’s CPO-4M and Joy Patterson, chairwoman of CPO-3, will facilitate the forum.

The forum will give candidates the chance to talk about their plans for elected office, and give the community the chance to ask their questions of their local candidates.

“It is not intended that this forum become a debate,” organizers said. “Tables will be available for any political or informational handouts for candidates and community members.”

CPO 3 represents West Slope, Raleigh Hills and Garden Home. The group's next meeting is set for 7 p.m., Thursday, May 19 at the Garden Home Recreation Center, 7475 S.W. Oleson Road.

CPO-4M, which represents Metzger, Durham, Progress and the eastern half of Tigard, will meet at 7 p.m., April 27, at the Patricia Whiting Hall, Metzger Park, 8400 S.W. Hemlock St.