State senator Golden hosts coffee house town hall at SOU

District 3 Senator Jeff Golden speaking to a group of 30 residents at Southern Oregon University Sunday morning in Ashland. (Jennevieve Fong / News 10)

State senator Jeff Golden sat down with local residents Sunday morning in a coffee house-style town hall at Southern Oregon University.

Organized by the Associated Students of Southern Oregon University, the conversation with the District 3 state senator revolved around student-focused issues.

The group of thirty residents spoke to him about vaccinations, campaign finance, wildfire season preparation and higher education.

Golden's legislative aide Adam Lohman said the smaller group setting is beneficial for both Sen. Golden and his constituents.

"It reminds people that they are involved in this process and that they have a voice," Lohman said. "They actually get to speak almost face to face with their elected representative. I think that's really valuable in making people feel like they are part of the process."

Lohman said town halls help local politicians to interact with their community in a more intimate setting.

"Salem’s a long way from Southern Oregon," Lohman said. "It’s nice to get back and meet the people you’re representing and really hear their concerns face-to-face."

Lohman said Sen. Golden plans to hosts similar events throughout this year's legislative session.

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