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Lane County Elected Leaders Endorse Tina Kotek for Governor

Part of growing coalition in support of Tina’s campaign

[Portland, OR] – Former House Speaker and candidate for Governor Tina Kotek announced new endorsements from Lane County leaders. These leaders join a growing list of progressive organizations, labor unions, state legislators and community leaders backing Kotek’s campaign. 

“From her days at the Oregon Food Bank, Tina Kotek has always been an incredible leader and advocate for doing what’s right,” said former Mayor of Eugene Kitty Piercy. “And, over the years, I have seen how she has grown as a leader – delivering results for Oregonians by supporting working families, protecting access to women’s health care, making child care more affordable, protecting civil rights and building a safer future for our planet. As Governor, I trust that Tina Kotek will work to deliver the changes Oregonians need to thrive.”

“How we respond to the climate crisis in the coming years will be paramount to the stability and preservation of our communities,” said Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis. “Oregon needs to elect a climate champion to be our next Governor – that champion is Tina Kotek. Thanks to Tina’s leadership, Oregon is already on a path to 100% clean energy. With Tina Kotek as Governor, I know that Oregon will become a national model for fighting back against climate change.”

“Tina Kotek is my only choice to lead our state. I’ve known and worked alongside Tina Kotek for 20 years, beginning with her days at the Oregon Food Bank,” said Lane County Commissioner Laurie Trieger. “I’ve seen firsthand Tina’s passion for equity and justice, and I’ve seen how hard she works to deliver progress and change for our communities. I trust Tina to champion the needs of everyday working people, ensuring that no one gets left behind. And, I know that as Governor, Tina will uplift and inspire other women to be the bold leaders we need.”

“Eugene was my home when I first moved to Oregon in 1987 and then graduated from the University of Oregon a few years later. Lane County, from the coast to the mountains, has always had a special place in my heart,” said Tina Kotek, candidate for Governor. “I am honored to have the endorsements of friends and colleagues who have been working with me, side by side, for many years.” 

Newly announced local elected officials from Lane County endorsing Tina’s campaign are:

Kitty Piercy, Former Mayor of Eugene

Lucy Vinis, Mayor of Eugene

Laurie Trieger, Lane County Commissioner

Claire Syrett, Eugene City Councilor 

Mary Walston, Eugene 4J School District Board Member

Sonya Carlson, Eugene Water & Electric Board Commissioner 

These elected leaders join the following Lane County leaders in endorsing Tina Kotek:

Oregon Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle

State Senator James Manning, Jr., Senate President Pro Tempore (co-endorsed with Treasurer Read)

State Representative Julie Fahey, House Democratic Leader

State Representative Paul Holvey, Speaker Pro Tempore

State Representative John Lively

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