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KLCC News is covering many aspects of Oregon's May 2016 Primary Election. View KLCC's primary related stories below.OREGON PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS

Tony McCown Runs For Lane County Commissioner

Tony McCown

Tony McCown has filed to run for Lane County Commissioner. He’ll face incumbent Pat Farr in the May 17th primary, in the race for the North Eugene board seat.

McCown is a Lane County native, who has served on the Lane Community College Board of Education for nearly 10 years. If elected, the 33 year old would be one of the youngest commissioners ever. He says he would bring a progressive perspective.
McCown: “I’d just like to bring a fresh set of eyes and an opinion that I think matches the constituents better whether it’s on issues of environmental stewardship or economic development or public safety I think the county deserves a stronger voice.”
McCown is critical of recent decisions made by the majority conservative board, including the choice to outsource health care at the Lane County jail. Since the out-of-state contractor took over, there have been two wrongful death lawsuits against the county by inmate families. McCown, a survivor of the Thurston High School shooting, also disagrees with the board’s vote to not enforce Oregon’s strengthening of background checks for gun sales.

Tony McCown is joining Lane County Commissioner Pete Sorenson, who represents south Eugene, at 3 p.m. at Cozmic Pizza Saturday (Feb. 6) for a campaign kickoff event.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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