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May 2012 Primary Election: The Eugene Mayor’s Race

May 14, 2012

By Jennifer Richardson

EUGENE, Ore. — One of the big issues on Lane County’s primary ballot is the Eugene mayor’s race.

The three candidates running for mayor are incumbent Kitty Piercy, Kevin Prociw and Jon Walrod.

If Mayor Piercy gets more than 50 percent of the vote Tuesday, she would be elected mayor.

If not, she would go up against one of the other two in a run-off.

The Lane County Republican Party says three candidates are not what it envisions to be in alignment with Republican principals, while Prociw does align himself with more of the conservative outlook.

The party’s vice chair says their lack of representation in the election isn’t for a lack of trying.

“This committee has actively searched out candidates, but we got to have people that want to run. It’s finding that, the track record in Eugene is not real good,” said Lane County Republican Party Vice Chairman Paul Barnett.

He says it’s a politically liberal community, but he has hopes for the fall of seeing a few Republicans coming in.

The elected mayor will serve a four-year term.

Mayor Piercy has already served two terms.

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