Despite more Democratic control, Malheur County legislators see opportunities

Gov. Kate Brown listens to Grant Kitamura, the general manager of Baker & Murakami Produce Co., during a tour of Malheur County in the aftermath of a series of severe winter storms in 2017. The visit, spearheaded by Sen. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, was a major turning point in the effort to bridge a gap between rural and urban perceptions and helped kick start several new economic programs for the county. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz).

VALE – The recent election showed the divide between rural and urban Oregon is as sharp as ever as the state’s Democratic party claimed three seats in the House and one in the Senate and decisively held on to the governor’s office.

Gov. Kate Brown lost every county in eastern Oregon, but carried seven heavily populated counties to keep her office.

And Democrats . . .