Politics & Government

Politics & Government

Rachael McDonald

Lane County Commissioner Pete Sorenson filed Thursday to run for a sixth term on the board. He was first in line at the elections office on filing day for the 2016 primary election.

Corinne Boyer

Lucy Vinis announced today she will run for mayor of Eugene in the 2016 election. New to politics, she is currently the development director for Shelter Care. KLCC's Corinne Boyer reports.

Dozens of people gathered in Skinner Butte Park as Lucy Vinis spoke about raising her children and spending time in Eugene parks. Vinis says she decided to run because her family was able to live well and thrive in Eugene. She wants the same opportunities for other people in the community.

City of Newport

The Newport City Council is looking for the community’s input on adding fluoride its water supply. The city will hold a public hearing on Tuesday.

Chris Wig Announces Eugene City Council Run

Sep 2, 2015

Lane County Democratic Party Chair Chris Wig announced Tuesday that he is running for Eugene City Council. He is vying for the ward one seat currently occupied by George Brown. Brown hasn’t yet announced if he is seeking another term.

Chris Wig works as a drug and alcohol counselor and is a founding member of a Latino community action group. He has a Masters in Journalism from the University of Oregon.


A longtime Oregon lawmaker has died. Ed Fadeley passed away Sunday evening of complications from heart failure. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert has this remembrance.

In the state legislature, Ed Fadeley represented the people of Lane County for 26 years. He started his political career in the Oregon House in 1960 then joined the Senate. He rose to Senate President in ’83 but lost the post to John Kitzhaber after two years.

The City of Springfield is facing a first amendment lawsuit from a fired employee. The former multicultural liaison for the police department says she was fired for speaking out about racial profiling.

Rachael McDonald

The Benton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to put a measure on the November ballot to fund a new jail.  

The 25 million dollar bond would fund a new 110-bed jail to replace the existing facility in downtown Corvallis.
Rick Osborne is spokesman for Benton County.

Osborne: "Our current jail has 40 beds in it. We have a population of 85-thousand. That's the smallest jail per-capita in the state of Oregon. It was a temporary structure built in the mid 1970s to last about 10 years until we had a regional jail system."


Benton County is working to implement mental health services for people who are incarcerated. The initiative also offers alternatives to jail time.

The Step Up initiative addresses mental health issues of people in jails and works with the courts, jail administrators and the families of inmates. Rick Osborn with Benton County says raising awareness is an important strategy to keep people out of jail.

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Monday night, the Roseburg City Council voted narrowly to allow the sale of recreational pot in medical marijuana dispensaries starting in October. Following passionate testimony and deliberations, the Council decided--5 to 3— not to ban recreational pot sales through the city's five medical marijuana dispensaries.

Steve Kaser has been a Roseburg city councilor for 6 years. He says the arguments went back and forth. One was that neither the city nor Douglas County supported Measure 91 to legalize marijuana statewide. So, the city should be allowed to choose its own fate now.

The West Coast earthquake early warning system is getting a $4 million dollar boost from the U.S. Geological Survey.