Last night, as I watched election results come in, it was clear Eugene is ready for a change.
Only once in the past 25 years has an incumbent City Councilor had to run in the General Election. Ward 1 voters deserve a chance to chose on Election Day who is going to represent us for the next four years, particularly as we confront the major challenges that face us. I’m honored and humbled to be moving on to the General Election in November for the Ward 1 City Council Seat.
The work is not done. I’m ready to do everything I can between now and November to make sure that Ward 1 has leadership that lives up to the passion, empathy, innovation, and persistence of our residents. And I’m ready to do the work that is needed to make sure that Eugene lives up to our visions and our promises—on housing, on climate, on homelessness, on recovery from COVID-19. I’m excited to use my energy and my knowledge in service of our community.
Our democracy depends on people being willing to step up. All too often, there is only one name on ballot. This year, Ward 1 voters had more choice than in any Council race in decades. I want to thank the other candidates in this race—Tim Morris, Candice King, Daniel Liev Williams, and Sean Dwyer. It takes courage to run for office. It is exhausting and difficult, and was more so this year as we all figured out how to campaign while keeping our community safe. They rose to the occasion, and I’m grateful to be a part of it.
My deepest appreciation to all of you who supported me during this primary campaign. Without your help, I wouldn’t have gotten this far. It isn’t over yet, and I look forward to continuing to work with all of you during the next five months. Because that is what our community is about—helping and supporting one another as we all move towards the finish line together.
Onward to November, and beyond!