Candidates for House of Representatives District 9 face off in North Bend

    Candidate forum in North Bend, Ore., Oct. 10, 2018. (SBG)

    NORTH BEND, Ore. -- As the November election draws closer, candidates for state representative were in the spotlight at the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Wednesday Business Connection hosted at the Mill Casino in North Bend.

    Incumbent Caddy McKeown, a Democrat, and Republican candidate Teri Grier spoke on topics such as economic development, opportunities, measure ballots, state issues and their hopes for the community.

    "My vision for this community is bright," said McKeown. "It's everything we have; it's developing industrial lands, making sure we have the ecosystem here that will draw people to enjoy it."

    Grier is challenging McKeown for the seat.

    "My vision for the bay area is prosperity, but we have to have a strong economy," said Grier, who said said that Oregon ranks 44th in business friendliness. "Until we do something about our tax structure, until we open the door and say we really are business friendly, I'm sorry; but there's 43 other states they're going to come to."

    One major issue is economic development on the south coast.

    Another is the Jordan Cove LNG project.

    Both candidates are in support of it.

    "Regulations need to be in place," McKeown said. "They need to follow the rules. And I'd like them to come here and help create some real family-wage jobs for our families here that need it."

    Grier says the LNG project would increase local business and the capabilities of the local port. "The solutions that LNG provides is they have committed to dredging the port and the second thing is the amount of natural gas. We'll be able to draw the federal funds to maintain the port."

    Both candidates support Measure 103 that would ban a tax on groceries, if passed.

    The last day to register to vote is October 16th.

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