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Rural communities in 3rd Congressional District say ‘we want to be heard’

Areas struggle to get attention of candidates, lawmakers as they face daunting needs, few resources

By Lauren Ellenbecker, Columbian staff writer
Published: September 28, 2022, 6:01am
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Patty Vezaldenos, owner of Patty Cakes in Cathlamet, sits in her caf? as she reflects on challenges she faced as a small-business owner during the COVID-19 pandemic. Vezaldenos, who is a Republican, has only heard fleeting anecdotes about the 3rd District's congressional candidates: that Republican Joe Kent was once a registered Democrat in Portland, and Marie Gluesenkamp Perez is a Democrat.
Patty Vezaldenos, owner of Patty Cakes in Cathlamet, sits in her caf? as she reflects on challenges she faced as a small-business owner during the COVID-19 pandemic. Vezaldenos, who is a Republican, has only heard fleeting anecdotes about the 3rd District's congressional candidates: that Republican Joe Kent was once a registered Democrat in Portland, and Marie Gluesenkamp Perez is a Democrat. (Lauren Ellenbecker/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

CATHLAMET — There are little nooks in Washington that are easy to overlook to those who live outside of them.

Wahkiakum County’s 287 square miles of dense forests along the Columbia River about 67 miles downstream from Vancouver provides a refreshing feeling of solitude, far from the population centers of the 3rd Congressional District.

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