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Three of four invited candidates in Forest Grove- and Hillsboro-area districts will attend event.

Susan McLain

Candidates seeking western Washington County seats in the Oregon House of Representatives are expected to share their views with attendees at CPO 13's next meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

The Community Participation Organization has invited candidates for House Districts 29 and 30 to the meeting at the Visitation Parish Center in Verboort, 4317 N.W. Visitation Road.

State Reps. Susan McLain and Janeen Sollman, Democrats who represent HD 29 and HD 30 respectively, have confirmed they will attend, as has David Molina, whom Republican Party voters nominated to challenge McLain in the Nov. 6 election.

The event is similar in theme to forums that local CPOs put on for Washington County commissioner candidates this spring, but it won't have the same format because it is part of CPO 13's regular meeting, according to Chas Hundley, who chairs the Gales Creek- and Verboort-based group.

David Molina

Hundley said an invitation was also extended to Dorothy Merritt, Sollman's Republican opponent, but she declined.

Responding to a query from the News-Times about her attendance, in an email, Merritt said she has "other commitments."

CPOs are county-supported groups that provide representation for parts of Washington County, particularly rural areas, and give input to the county government on local issues. Their meetings often serve as forums for public information, such as reports from sheriff's deputies that serve the area or updates on projects from city or county staff that affect residents.

Janeen Sollman

CPO 13 is one of several CPOs in western Washington County. In addition to unincorporated areas, Forest Grove and Cornelius each have a CPO that covers those cities and some adjacent rural areas.

This year's general election is Nov. 6. Ballots will go out to voters late next month.

All 60 seats in the Oregon House of Representatives and half of the seats in the Oregon Senate are up for election this year. Gov. Kate Brown is also running for re-election.

By Mark Miller
Editor, Forest Grove News-Times
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