Hermiston was well-represented at the League of Oregon Cities’ annual “City Day at the Capitol” on Thursday.

Mayors, city councilors and city managers from across the state gathered in Salem to network with each other and to meet with state lawmakers. The annual gathering at the start of the legislative session allows cities to advocate for their own priorities, as well as priorities voted on by the entire League of Oregon Cities membership.

This year’s LOC legislative priorities are investment in mental health, revenue reform and cost containment, housing, infrastructure financing, protection of city right-of-ways and protection of third-party building inspections.

Roy Barron, Hermiston’s newest city councilor, said during Monday’s city council meeting that he was thrilled to have an opportunity to travel down to Salem with Rod Hardin (Hermiston’s longest-serving councilor), Mayor David Drotzmann (who also sits on the LOC board of directors) and city manager Byron Smith.

“They have a wealth of experience, and you have a lot of people working very hard to represent our community at the state level,” Barron told the audience.

Hardin said it is important for cities to remind legislators in Salem that “one size does not fit all” when it comes to laws concerning cities big and small.

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