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Endorsements at a glance

Completed ballots need to be at the elections office or in white ballot boxes around town and campus by 8 pm Tuesday, May 19. If you didn’t get your ballot, call Lane County Elections at 682-4234 or visit lanecounty.org/elections. Below are our endorsements in selected races and money measures. Find additional information in last week’s EW and in your Voters’ Pamphlet.


Lane ESD Director Position 7 (at large)

Linda Hamilton or John A. Baumann

Last week we endorsed only Linda Hamilton in this race, but we’ve taken another look at one of her opponents, John A. Baumann, M.D., whose education and impressive background in public health services and early childhood development would also be of value to the ESD.


Eugene School District 4J Position 4

Eileen Nittler

Eileen Nittler has a stellar record of school service in 4J and is our clear favorite. John A. Baumann has withdrawn his candidacy to support Nittler, but his name is still on the ballot.


Eugene School District 4J Position 5

Jim Torrey

Jim Torrey’s unwavering support for the kids of Eugene can’t be questioned, and he’s a strong advocate for increased school funding locally and at the state level.


Eugene School District 4J Position 7

Mary Walston

Despite the controversies regarding the school board, Mary Walston has strong endorsements, volunteers weekly in the schools and she knows how local and state government works. 


Lane County Measure 20-231

Vehicle Registration Fee — YES

This compromise measure deserves support as a long-term investment in both rural and urban streets and roads. Timber money that has traditionally supported transportation in Lane County is running out and this fee is the only method we’ve seen that’s simple and efficient to implement, doesn’t conflict with state regulations and has a chance of passing. See our news brief this week for more information.