Two weeks after filing to run for a seat on the Lane County Board of Commissioners, Sandra Mann is dropping out of the race. Citing health reasons, Mann says she felt withdrawing now is better than waiting until later. She says she does not plan to run for office again.
Mann was seeking the District 4 seat currently held by Commissioner Pat Farr, representing North Eugene. Farr has not yet filed for re-election.
Thursday another candidate filed to run for Lane County Commissioner District 4. Sandra Mann is a Democratic precinct committee person and a substitute teacher. She joins 32-year-old Tony McGowan currently vying for the seat held by Pat Farr. Mann considers herself a progressive politician and will focus her campaign on economic issues.
MANN: "I'd like to leave Lane County a better place than I found it. I think there's a lot of problems now. For one I see a lot of people now that don't have living wage jobs."
To build traditional affordable housing for the 700 Lane County residents identified as chronically homeless would cost about $60 million. That price is based on a typical cost of $160,000 to $180,000 for each two-person unit. The Eugene-Springfield Consolidated Plan for 2015 anticipates just $13 million in federal support for such housing over the next five years. That is about one-fifth of the amount needed for the customary approach to providing affordable housing.
The Lane County Board of Commissioners has suspended large events at Emerald Meadows beginning in 2015. Last summer, neighbors surrounding the park near Mt. Pisgah complained about noise and trash from the Kaleidoscope Music Festival. A task force of neighbors and promoters agreed to mitigation for this summer’s events, but they could not settle on policies for subsequent years.Tuesday’s vote cancels previously contracted events in 2015, including the Dirty Dash and Faerieworlds.
The Lane County Board of Commissioners has voted to hire Steve Mokrohisky as the new county administrator. Wednesday the board voted four to one to negotiate the final details of the job offer and contract. Sid Leiken voted against the measure.
Board chair Pat Farr says Mokrohisky brings a wealth of experience and skill to Lane County. He currently serves as Douglas County Manager in Nevada. The 36-year-old beat out four other finalists during interviews with the board.