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United States senator will appear in Newberg at 3:30 p.m. July 8 in auditorium at Newberg High School

Oregon's senior senator will hold eight town halls across the state in early July, including one in Newberg.

Democrat Ron Wyden, serving in the Senate since 1996, will travel to Oregon during Congress' annual Fourth of July recess.GARY ALLEN - Sen. Ron Wyden will hold a town hall July 8 in the auditorium at Newberg High School. It will be the second of the year in Yamhill County and among the 54 town halls Wyden has held overall so far in 2017.

"The Fourth of July is an important reminder of how the Founding Fathers wanted a representative democracy where citizens have every opportunity to talk with elected officials," Wyden said in a prepared statement. "It's clear from the incredible turnout at my 46 town halls so far in 2017 throughout Oregon that people want to participate in our democracy and express their views on issues such as healthcare."

The 68-year-old Kansas native is ranking member of the powerful Senate Finance Committee and served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 15 years before being elected to the Senate. Wyden got his start in politics as founder of the Oregon chapter of the Gray Panthers in 1974. He also served as director of the Oregon legal Services Center for Elderly, a nonprofit legal service that called on his law degree from the University of Oregon in 1974.

The town hall in Yamhill County, set for 3:30 p.m. July 8 in the auditorium at Newberg High School, will be the second of the year in the county of the 54 town halls Wyden has held overall so far in 2017. Early in his tenure as senator Wyden made a commitment to hold annual town halls in each of the state's 36 counties; he has held more than 830 so far.

For those folks wishing to witness his town halls in other counties, here is a schedule:

July 1

Polk County: 11 a.m. at the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde tribal gym, 9615 Grand Ronde Road.

Lincoln County: 2:30 p.m. at the Lincoln City Community Center, 2150 N.E. Oar Place.

July 2

Douglas County: Noon, Reeds­port Community Charter School, 2260 Longwood Drive.

July 5

Linn County: 2 p.m., Edward C. Allworth Veterans' Home, 600 North Fifth St., Lebanon.

July 6

Washington County (co-­hosted by Rep. Suzanne Bonamici): 2 p.m., Conestoga Recreation & Aquatic Center, 9985 S.W. 125th Ave, Beaverton.

July 7

Deschutes County: 1 p.m., Redmond Senior Center, 325 NW Dogwood Ave.

July 8

Lane County: 11 a.m., Springfield High School gym, 875 Seventh St., Springfield.

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