MILTON-FREEWATER -- Candidates for county and state offices will be in town Thursday to meet the public and take questions.
Sponsored by the Milton-Freewater Tea Party Patriots, the event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 424 N.E. Eighth Ave.
Each candidate will have an opportunity to make a brief statement and then take questions from the audience, said Larry Nye, Tea Party member. "We want people to come and meet the candidates and learn as much as they can," he said.
Umatilla County candidates expected to attend are county sheriff candidates Bob Cannon and Al Humphrey and county commission candidate Bill Elfering. Elfering is running for the board's District 3 seat. Both sheriff and county commission seats are nonpartisan positions.
Bill Hansell, who is running for the state Senate District 29 seat, is also expected, Nye said. Hansell is running as a Republican Party candidate against fellow GOP candidate Maryl Featherstone.
A second candidate meet-and-greet is planned for April 19 at the same time and location, Nye said. Featherstone is expected to attend along with Eli Stephens, who is campaigning as a Republican for the state Representative District 58 seat.
Nye said the Milton-Freewater Tea Party is not endorsing any candidates for office, but only wants to encourage people to take part in the political process.