Candidates for Ward 7, Eugene City Council
Time: Noon to 1:15 pm
Venue: Maple Room, Inn at the 5th, Market District
205 E 6th Ave
In the fall of 2022, voters in Eugene Ward 7 recalled their City Councilor, amid concerns regarding communications with the community about decisions affecting them, including development of public transportation. The Council interviewed several candidates for the interim position, and appointed Lyndsie Leech, pending a special election this May.
In this forum, the two candidates who are running to represent Ward 7 in the May election and accepted the invitation offered to all candidates will have a chance to describe their relevant experience and values. They will respond to questions presented by the KLCC moderator and to those posed by members of the in-person and livestream audiences.
Title: Interim City Councilor
Organization: City of Eugene
Lyndsie Leech is the Executive Director of WellMama and Interim City Councilor in Eugene’s Ward 7. Lyndsie has over 12 years of social service experience in the Eugene area, primarily in mental health organizations. Her professional expertise is in resource development, mental health systems management, grant writing, public relations, project management, and communications. She has worked with The Child Center, HIV Alliance, Looking Glass Community Services, Food For Lane County and the Veneta Downtown Farmers’ Market. She earned a Master of Public Administration from Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Public Health from Oregon State University.
Barbie Walker is the owner of two small local businesses. She previously worked and studied in science labs at the University of Oregon and the Oregon Medical Group, among other places. She continued her education in the Trauma Healing Project and was a leader in the ABOLISH Movement to end sex trafficking. She served on the executive boards of Junior League of Eugene (Community Enrichment Committee) and University District Business Association, where she was also board president. She was the developer of the School District 4J ID Program for at-risk and homeless youth of Eugene and a leader for the Oregon House Bill 2402, which passed. She designed the 15th Night, a movement to end youth homelessness, and served on its Employment Pathways Board. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a BS, majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry.