City Club of Eugene: Eugene City Council Ward 1

Oct 24, 2016

Recorded on: October 21, 2016

Eugene City Council candidates Joshua Skov and Emily Semple.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Air Date: October 24, 2016

Eugene City Council Ward One race is the only contested race for Eugene’s eight-person City Council in the 2016 General Election.

City Club of Eugene will host Emily Semple and Joshua Skov, the two candidates for Ward One, which covers the downtown city center and areas to the south and west, at the intersection of zip codes 97401, 97402 and 97405. City Councilor George Brown, owner of Kiva, a downtown natural foods store, is retiring after two four-year terms on the council.

The October 21 City Club Friday Forum will feature the two Ward One candidates who emerged victorious from a five-person primary election in May. The position is regarded as a part-time job, generally requiring 20 hours or more of service per week.  Councilors receive a stipend of $14,527/year.

The candidates will each make a brief statement for their election and then respond to questions from City Club members. Christian Hill of the Register Guard and Rachael McDonald of KLCC-FM will present additional questions.

Tom Adams of KVAL-TV will serve as moderator.

THE TWO CANDIDATES

Emily Semple is a 31-year resident of Eugene and owner of a graphic arts business.  She describes herself as a community activist, with activities in a variety of non-governmental organizations.  A mom, she has also served as a volunteer in School District 4J.  Emily holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Connecticut and Lane Community College and studied Forest Ecology at Oregon State University at the graduate level.

Joshua Skov co-founded Good Company, a Eugene-based consulting firm focused on sustainable business.  He has served on Boards and Commissions advising the City of Eugene, the Eugene Water and Electric Board and Lane Transit District, and was a founding member and chair of the City’s Sustainability Commission.  Joshua holds an undergraduate degree from Yale University and graduate degrees from the University of Washington and the University of California at Berkeley.

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