Time in this program will be divided evenly between the Ward 2 and Ward 7 races.
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. Councilors are elected on a non-partisan ballot for four- year terms. One councilor is elected from each of eight wards, with one-half of the council elected every two years. This taped forum presents the two candidates seeking to represent Ward 2 and the three candidates seeking to represent Ward 7 on the City Council.
Ward 2 includes southeast Eugene and is currently represented by Betty Taylor, who is retiring. The following candidates are seeking the position.
Kate Davidson is a homemaker, non- profit consultant for business planning, entrepreneur, and fundraising. She has led or served on many neighborhood, city, and county committees.
Matt Keating is a member of the Board of Lane County Community College. He currently works at Cumulus Media in Eugene, providing terrestrial radio services and digital marketing solutions for nonprofit, for-profit, and political clients.
Ward 7 covers north central Eugene and includes the Trainsong, Whitaker, River Road, and Santa Clara neighborhoods. Three candidates are seeking the position.
Claire Syrett, the incumbent, first elected in 2012, is employed by the Oregon Nurses Association as a labor relations representative for nurses at Sacred Heart Medical Center, Home Care Services in Eugene and Springfield, and Peace Harbor Hospital in Florence. She has also served on various local committees and commissions.
Douglas Barr is employed by Food for Lane County as a food rescue and delivery driver. He chairs the Active Bethel Citizens and the Bethel Beautification Committee, and is an active member of three local high school food pantries.
Charles “Cliff” Gray is a retired bus driver for the Golden Gate Transportation and Ferry Service and served as the President of the ATU Bus Drivers Local in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Scott Coltrane, President-elect of City Club, will moderate this program. Candidates in each race 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 17. It will later be available on YouTube and aired on KLCC at 7 pm on Monday, April 20.