SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Sen. Jeff Merkley was in Springfield Thursday as part of his 2019 "Town Halls Across Oregon" campaign.
Merkley hosted a morning meeting at Hamlin Middle School in Springfield, where he addressed his possible presidential run and fighting to end the government shutdown.
He previously teased a possible presidential run in 2020. Merkley told KEZI 9 News that he's still trying to determine where he can be most effective, especially on issues like health care, housing, education and climate change.
Merkley said his ability to have an idea on the important issues comes from listening to what people have to say.
"I think for anyone to be an effective representative of the state you've got to listen to people, so by going to every county every year and holding a town hall, I get a lot of feedback and a lot of follow-up from people on issues, so it’s just extremely valuable in helping me understand what's happening that people are concerned about that needs to be addressed," Merkley said.
Some people in the audience said they are pleased with the work he's doing on what he hopes to address in the future, while others felt that their questions weren't answered as in-depth as they would have liked.
Merkley also hosted town halls in Philomath and Albany.