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Eugene City Council Candidates Weigh In On Auditor Measure

Rachael McDonald

Candidates for two Eugene City Council seats spoke at a forum Friday.

Incumbent Ward 3 councilor Alan Zelenka is being challenged by Tom Bruno and Hugh Paterson the third. Ward 5 councilor Mike Clark has one challenger, Christopher Dean. Here’s what each had to say about the two competing Eugene City Auditor measures on the May 15th ballot.

Alan Zelenka: “I think the auditor is a very important thing and I think the city could benefit from it. The elected auditor proposal had 3 fundamental flaws for me that were fatal flaws.”

Hugh Paterson III: I am in favor of the independent auditor. It doesn’t make sense to submit the auditor under the city manager.”

Credit Rachael McDonald
Candidates for Ward 5 at City Club of Eugene. Christopher Dean is seated. Mike Clark is standing.

Jason Brown: “We feel that the council actually has not enough oversight and that someone who is an outsider is exactly what we need. I need only say City Hall. What happened with the money with City Hall?”
Christopher Dean: “There’s a trust issue with city government and the people and they just don’t understand. How can we buy parkland but we can’t look after our parks?”
Clark: “I’m not particularly in favor of it, but I get the points that would make an elected independent auditor a good thing.”

The forum was sponsored by the City Club of Eugene and the League of Women Voters.
The entire City Council Debate will be aired on Monday night at 6:30 on KLCC.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. 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.
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