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Longest Serving Eugene City Councilor, Betty Taylor, Won't Run Again

City of Eugene

Eugene City Councilor Betty Taylor announced Monday she won’t run again in 2020. The 94-year-old shared the news at the start of the evening work session.

“I want to announce my retirement from council, effective in January of 2021, approximately 13 months from now.” Taylor told councilors, city staff, and the public. “And I’m not trying to designate a successor.”

Fellow councilor Mike Clark pointed out that when she finishes her term, Taylor will have served for 24 years—the longest serving councilor in Eugene history.   There are already two candidates for Taylor’s ward 2 seat: Kate Davidson and Matt Keating.

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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