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Advocacy and Elections


Elections Matter

Oregon Primary Elections are May 19, 2020

Oregon residents must be registered to vote 21 calendar days before an election, which is April 28 for the 2020 primary election. Oregon residents can check their registration status and register to vote online at the Secretary of State website or by filling out a voter registration form and taking it to the county elections office, which in Lane County is:

Oregon Secretary of State Elections and Voter Information

Lane County Elections and Voter Information

Lane County Elections: 541-682-4234 | Office: 275 W. 10th Avenue, Eugene

City of Springfield Primary Election Races

The Mayor and City Council make up the legislative branch of Springfield’s City government. Each of the six members of the City Council is elected by citywide vote and represents an area of town called a ward. The Mayor is also elected by citywide vote. The Mayor and City Council members serve without pay as volunteers for four-year terms. They set City policy and make decisions regarding ordinances and resolutions, authorizing contracts, setting City goals, and adopting the City’s annual budget. The Mayor and City Council also appoint the City Manager, City Attorney, Municipal Court Judges, and many residents to serve on advisory committees. The Mayor and City Council guide the City staff to provide the highest quality, lowest cost service to the residents of Springfield.

Know Your Candidates

The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce strongly encourages engagement between elected officials and chamber members as a way to inform and to be informed on issues of interest and impact to the chamber community. Local non-partisan elections are a great opportunity to deepen our understanding of each other. While the Chamber will not be making any candidate endorsements, we seek to inform our members and voters by engaging in dialogue with those interested in serving and representing our community.

Candidates Questionnaire

We invited each candidate running for office on the 2020 primary election ballot (opposed or unopposed) to submit their response to a questionnaire. These questions were formed by the Chamber’s Business Advocacy Council, a diverse group of business and community leaders, (Delete): through a deliberative process with issues of interest and impact on our business community and our local economy in mind. The candidates providing responses have been published without edit, and can be found by clicking on “responses” following the candidates name (delete: below.) ADD: You can also click on the candidate’s names to go to their campaign pages for more information.

Mayoral Primary Candidates

Christine Lundberg, incumbent (Responses)

Mike Eyster, candidate (Responses)

City Councilor, Ward 3

(Incumbent Sherri Moore will be stepping down at the end of her term)

Kori Rodley, candidate (Responses)

Kris McAlister, candidate (Responses)

Johanis Tadeo, candidate (Response not yet received)

City Councilor, Ward 4

Leonard Stoehr, incumbent (Response not yet received)

City Councilor, Ward 6

Joe Pishioneri, incumbent (Responses)

Gregg Ybarra, candidate (Responses)

Candidate Forums

City Club Eugene candidate forum meetings will be streamed on the City Club of Eugene Facebook page on Fridays at noon, and available on YouTube at a later date.

Mark Molina of Molina Leadership & Business Development Solutions has been hosting interviews with candidates, which can be found on their Facebook Page.

Legislation, Policy, Business and Economic Development Advocacy

Engage with your Springfield Area Chamber Advocacy Team

The Springfield Chamber advocates and works with elected representatives around issues, policy, and legislation of impact and interest to our members at all levels of government. The 2020 Legislative Priorities reflect our commitment to members and to the Springfield Area Chamber’s mission: fostering a prosperous community by strengthening, representing, and promoting business. We encourage our members to stay informed and engaged with the Chamber and elected officials as we pursue these state-wide legislative priorities.

Our Chamber’s 2020 Legislative Priorities 2020

Our Chamber’s Economic Development Priorities

Stay Informed. Stay Engaged.

Here’s How:

Request to be added to a chamber news or committee mail list:

  • Chamber news/information: contact for guidance and questions.

Government Issues Committee and Business Advocacy Council Liaison:

  • Contact: Max Molzahn, Membership Development Manager

Economic Development Committee and Government Issues Committee Liaison:

  • Contact: Dani Thompson, Economic Development Specialist

Attend the Chamber’s Government Issues Committee  

  • Meetings are every second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 7:00-8:00am at the Hilton Garden Inn, Springfield/Eugene and are open to all Springfield Chamber members. Contact: Max Molzahn, Membership Development Manager and GIC Liaison for information or to sign up for mail list

Attend the Chamber’s Economic Development Committee

  • Contact: Dani Thompson, Economic Development Specialist for information or to sign up for mail list

Visit the Springfield Chamber’s Online News Source.

  • Weekly updates during the Oregon legislative sessions are posted on The Bottom Line.

Access your Member Benefits with the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce

Because your Springfield Chamber holds a membership with the OSCC Springfield Chamber members not only are assured representation but extended access to state-wide policy resources, information, and expert legislative counsel. To learn more visit:

Sign up for Advocacy in Action Alerts from the Oregon State Chamber. A valuable tool that will keep you up to date on legislative issues and make it easy to contact your state legislators.

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