OLCV endorses Jerry Rust for Lane County Commission

Date: 
March 10, 2010

For immediate release: March 10, 2010

Contact: Toby Van Fleet, OLCV Communications Director,
503-224-4011 x212, toby@olcv.org

The Oregon League of Conservation Voters endorses Jerry Rust for Lane County Commission

Portland, OR—The Oregon League of Conservation Voters today announced its endorsement of Jerry Rust for Lane County Commission, Position 1 (West Eugene). In December, OLCV endorsed Pat Riggs-Henson for Lane County Commission, Position 2 (Springfield). Both candidates are running for seats being vacated by current commissioners.

“With the election of Rob Handy in 2008, Lane County voters succeeded in securing a pro-environment majority on the Lane County Commission,” said OLCV executive director Jon Isaacs. “Electing Jerry and Pat will ensure that the commission continues to prioritize conservation values as it grapples with issues of growth, transportation, land use and forest management.”

Rust is running for the seat currently held by Bill Fleenor, who announced last year that he would not be seeking re-election. He faces a handful of opponents, including Jay Bozievich, a senior engineer at the Eugene Water and Electric Board.

Riggs-Henson is running for the seat currently held by Bill Dwyer, who has also announced he will not be running again. Her opponents include Sid Leiken—who recently dropped out of the race against U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio.

The Lane County Commission endorsements are two of many OLCV is announcing today and tomorrow. OLCV is gradually updating its list of endorsements on the OLCV website at www.olcv.org/endorsements2010.

2010 candidates for seats ranging from city council to Oregon Governor have applied for the OLCV seal of approval. Once a candidate is endorsed, OLCV’s Political Action Committee may decide to dedicate resources to that campaign.

The campaign support and grassroots efforts that can accompany an OLCV endorsement often make the necessary difference in contested races. In last year’s primary, for example, OLCV-endorsed Jeremy Ferguson won the race for Milwaukie Mayor by just 25 votes.

About the OLCV endorsement process: Any candidate seeking an OLCV endorsement must first fill out a comprehensive questionnaire covering a variety of relevant environmental issues. Following review of the questionnaire, OLCV volunteer committees conduct face-to-face interviews with each candidate and consider each candidate’s environmental record and their level of commitment to protecting Oregon’s environmental legacy, as well as their leadership skills. All endorsement recommendations from the endorsement committees are then reviewed and finalized by the OLCV PAC Board of Directors. OLCV endorsements run through the general election.

The Oregon League of Conservation Voters works to pass pro-environment laws, elect pro-environment candidates, and hold all of our elected officials accountable. www.olcv.org

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