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Democrat and Republican Share Civil Discourse At Eugene City Club

Tiffany Eckert

In contrast to the partisan divisions that played out in Washington this week, Democrat Marty Wilde and Republican Mark Herbert were cordial during a City Club of Eugene forum  Friday.

The two are competing for the Oregon House District 11 seat. They agree on several issues, including the need to invest more in education.
Both oppose Measure 105 which would end Oregon’s status as a sanctuary state.
But, Measure 106, which would end public funding for abortion, revealed ambiguity in Herbert’s position.
“I am conflicted about the whole issue of abortion to be candid with you.” Herbert said, “I am what I would refer to as pro-choice and against abortion. I am a firm believer in a woman’s reproductive rights-- that she needs to control those reproductive rights.”
Whereas Wilde is very clear:
 “I oppose Measure 106 because I am 100 % pro-choice.” Said Wilde, “Choice without access isn’t a real choice.”
The two also discussed cap and invest, PERS, health care, and taxes. You can hear the City Club of Eugene forum Monday night at 6:30 on KLCC


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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