U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) will hold town hall meetings in eight counties in Oregon this week, including a “Umatilla County Town Hall” stop tomorrow in Hermiston.

Walden’s 571-mile tour began in The Dalles on Monday and included stops in Sherman and Gilliam counties on Tuesday.

The representative will host town halls in Wheeler and Grant counties today.

Tomorrow, Walden will host his “Umatilla County Town Hall” meeting from 2-3 p.m. at the Hermiston Conference Center, 415 S. Highway 395.

Tomorrow night, he will stop in at the Port of Morrow, 2 Marine Drive, Boardman, for his “Morrow County Town Hall” meeting from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Walden will also visit Hood River from 8-9 a.m. on Friday.

At each of the town hall meetings, Walden will discuss his efforts to provide tax relief for Oregon families and small businesses, grow our economy, reduce spending, and balance the budget.

Residents will also have the opportunity to ask questions and give their input for Rep. Walden’s “to do” list to take back to Washington, D.C.

These will be the first town hall meetings of 2013.

Last year, Walden held 24 town hall meetings in the 20 counties in Oregon’s Second District.

“While the Congress and the country are facing very difficult, but very important choices going forward, here at home there are many local issues that I’m focused on, as well.  Expanding access to broadband in rural areas, boosting our farm and ranch economies, improving management of our federal forests, and taking care of those who wear—or who have worn—our nation’s uniform remain priorities for me,” Walden said.

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