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COMMENTARY: Rural Oregon gets attention at big Portland summit

Rep. Lynn Findley (R-Vale). (The Enterprise/File)

PORTLAND – Lynn Findley got his 15 minutes of fame at an extraordinary gathering in Portland last week.

Findley, former Vale city manager who is now a state representative, took the stage to vent about Oregon’s treatment of rural issues.

His forum was the Oregon Leadership Summit, an annual gathering that pulls into one place all the forces of power in the state. More than 1,000 people were there – CEOs of major corporations, leaders of the state’s biggest nonprofits, and political leaders from U.S. senators to the governor.

Findley was there for the panel on rural perspectives on Oregon’s economy. He was partnered with state Rep. Caddy McKeown, a Democrat from Coos Bay.

Findley picked up on a major theme through the day – the challenge . . .