Time in this program will be divided evenly between the two races: Eugene City Council Ward 8 and County Commission District 4.
The City Council, Eugene’s legislative body, has eight members and is responsible for passing laws, setting community goals, adopting policy and deciding which services the City will provide. Ward 8 includes southwest Eugene and is currently represented by Chris Pryor, who is retiring.
Randy Groves is the former Eugene Springfield Fire Chief. He led the merger between Eugene and Springfield’s fire services and subsequently became Chief, leading over 300 employees and overseeing a multi-million-dollar operating budget. He served as a member of both Eugene and Springfield’s executive management teams. He was directly involved with twenty of Eugene’s annual budgets, and concurrently six Springfield budgets. He has experience in working with two executive teams, two city councils, and four labor unions. He also proudly served as a union officer in Local 851 of the International Association of Firefighters for almost 10 years, and now serves as a unanimously appointed citizen member of Eugene’s Budget Committee.
Ryan Moore grew up in Marcola and Eugene, and now lives in the Churchill region. He earned a degree in Political Science at UO. After working minimum wage jobs in the food service industry, he eventually won a position working on a ballot measure campaign fighting for a fairer tax system. Then he joined the staff of Lane County Drug Court and now works in Salem as a Legislative Aide. He has served as a member of the Eugene Budget Committee and a Delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
The Lane Board of County Commissioners administers County government within the limits of authority granted in our charter. The charter grants legislative and administrative power to the full-time, paid five-person board. Individually, board members may seek to address the needs of constituents and carry out special assignments as the full Board may direct. Three Commissioners are continuing in their positions—Jay Bozievich, District #1-West Lane; Joe Berney, #2-Springfield; and Heather Buch, #5-East Lane. This taped forum presents the two candidates seeking position #4-North Eugene.
Pat Farr is the incumbent Commissioner, first elected in 2013. Prior to becoming a Commissioner, he served as a representative for House District 14, the Eugene City Councilmember for Ward 6, a member of the Bethel School Board, and a member of the board of the Oregon Food Bank. He also worked as Executive Director of FOOD for Lane Country.
Andrew Ross is an attorney with 22 years of experience in private practice specializing in criminal defense, family and probate law. He served as a judge on the Central Lane Justice Court. He attended Wesleyan University from which he received a Bachelor of Arts degree and he received his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law.
Skip Coburn, a member of the City Club Program Committee and Board, will moderate this program. For each position, candidates were allotted equal allotted time for presentations and asked the same questions.
The program will air first on the City Club Face Book page at noon on Friday, April 10. It will later be available on YouTube and aired on KLCC at 7 pm on Monday, April 13, on KLCC.