BEND, OR -- A group plans to march outside of Congressman Greg Walden's downtown Bend office at noon, Tuesday. Some voters are upset the Republican has not held a local town hall in Central Oregon where they could voice their concerns over the new Administration's policies, face-to-face. Last week, Walden's Deputy Chief of Staff responded to criticism over four town hall meetings in rural parts of the district and the little advance notice provided to the public.
Organizer Bonnie Walker tells KBND News, "There's a lot going on in the federal government, right now; a lot of legislation that's being proposed that we feel we need to talk to our representative about. And, we deserve the chance to talk to him in person to know his views on these things, what he's planning to take for action and also to let him know our point of view." She adds, "I'm very concerned about the legislation to terminate the EPA. Also, he is spearheading the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act, and he seems to be waffling as to whether he's gong to repeal it, replace it, repair it. We hear a lot of different terms, but so far there's not really any clear indication of what is going to happen."
Walker says she and others have complained to Walden's staff and held past protests. But, they haven't heard from his office about when the Congressman will hold a town hall in the Bend area. "It does feel like he has been trying to avoid us. It's time that he really just sit down and talk with us in person, in Bend. I think it's actually making it worse to avoid us; we're actually really nice people."
Photo: Protesters march outside Rep. Greg Walden's Bend office on Feb. 7, 2017