Greg Walden held on to Oregon’s Congressional District 2, in what was the closest race the congressman has faced since he was first elected to that office in 1998.
Democratic challenger Jamie McLeod-Skinner put up a solid fight, beating Walden in Deschutes County and his home county of Hood River. However district wide she was only able to pull 39 percent of the vote to Walden’s 56 percent.
Walden continues to be Oregon’s only Republican representative in Congress.
The election is only three weeks away, and tonight, we begin a two-part report on the race for Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District. Democratic candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner is challenging the Republican incumbent, Representative Greg Walden for that seat this November.
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel sat down with both candidates for the two reports and begins with Representative Walden, who is running for re-election after 20 years serving Oregonians in the nation’s capital.
Protesters Call For Walden Town Hall
While Congressman Greg Walden was in Central Oregon this weekend for a barbeque to honor area veterans, a caravan of protesters were in Bend calling for Walden to host a town hall.
Walden hasn’t hosted a town hall in 500 days and has not responded to his opponent’s calls for a debate before the election. Democratic candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner has a debate planned for this Friday in Medford and has invited Walden to attend.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan talked to Walden on Saturday to get his response to his critics.
Representative Greg Walden was in Bend today to participate in a round-table discussion along with a commissioner from the Food and Drug Administration. Local law enforcement was also in attendance. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan attended the meeting, where the focus was on the nation’s opioid crisis and how this growing national problem has had powerful effects right here in Central Oregon.
Representative Greg Walden was at Jake’s Diner in Bend today addressing the local chapter of “Band of Brothers”, and Central Oregon Daily’s Warren Shultz was there covering the story.
Veterans in attendance also had the opportunity for a question and answer period on the current state of VA care and what’s being done to improve it.
It was only supposed to last an hour, but the 2,500 people who packed the gym for a town hall at Mountain View High School had a lot of questions for U.S. Representative Greg Walden on Thursday night.
Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson was there and talked to some of the people who attended the rowdy event.
With all of the protests surrounding U.S. Representative Greg Walden in Bend over the last few weeks, you might think his seat will be in danger in the next election, but Representative Walden has been re-elected nine times since winning his seat in 1998, including last November’s election, in which he got 72 percent of the vote in Deschutes County.
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel talked with one of Representative Walden’s supporters who talks about why he believes he is part of a larger silent majority.
Members of a new protest movement known as “Indivisible” have been pushing their local representatives and senators for face-to-face meetings to talk about the issues they want to address.
As Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan reports, U.S. Representative Greg Walden held a telephone town hall today to give some of his constituents a chance to talk to them.