District 3 of Lane County (South Eugene) is the smallest in geographic size, but has the largest population of the five county districts. Six-term Lane County Commissioner Pete Sorenson is not standing for re-election, and the race for County Commissioner Position 3 – South Eugene may well be a close one. It features two candidates with deep community roots and broad experience. Joel Iboa works at Causa, an immigrant rights organization. His priorities are housing and homelessness, community safety, and environmental justice. Laurie Trieger works for Sponsors, Inc., and says public health, climate change, housing and homelessness and accessibility of government are among her priorities.
Joel Iboa was born and raised in Eugene and was the first in his family to graduate from college. As coalition manager for Causa Oregon—Oregon’s immigrant rights organization—Joel doubled the size of One Oregon. He built a statewide coalition of over 100 organizations focused on defending against anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim policies and ballot measures and working to ensure that all Oregonians, regardless of country of birth, are treated with dignity and respect. Joel also led the charge in Lane County on the “No on Measure 105” campaign, protecting Oregon’s 32-year-old sanctuary status. Joel currently serves on the Police Commission and chairs the Eugene Human Rights Commission and the Governor’s Environmental Justice Task Force.
Laurie Trieger has lived in Lane County’s District 3 for 34 years. She has decades of experience in community organizing and advocacy. Her approach to decision making focuses on prevention and interconnection in order to address our homelessness and housing crises, develop anti-racist policies and procedures at the County, respond rapidly to climate change, and ensure our community’s resilience in the wake of COVID-19. She currently serves as a communications and development specialist at Sponsors, Inc, which offers a broad range of services designed to support the success of people with conviction histories. She previously worked with FOOD for Lane County and Mount Pisgah Arboretum, and as the Executive Director of Lane Coalition for Healthy Active Youth. Her government experience includes serving on the Lane County Budget Committee and Lane County Equity and Access Advisory Board.
About the League of Women Voters of Lane County
The League of Women Voters is a 100-year-old grassroots nonpartisan political organization with members in all 50 states. We encourage informed and active participation in government. The League never supports or opposes any candidate or political party. The Lane County League is part of LWVOR (Oregon) and LWVUS, the national League.
About the City Club of Eugene
The mission of the City Club of Eugene is to build community vision through open inquiry. The Club explores a wide range of significant local, state, and national issues and helps to formulate new approaches and solutions to problems. Membership is open to all, and Club members have a direct influence on public policy by discussing issues of concern with elected officials and other policy makers. The City Club’s mailing address is: PO Box 12084, Eugene, OR, 97440. For more information, please call (541) 485-7433, or visit us online at cityclubofeugene.org.