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Semple Officially Launches Bid For Second Term For Ward 1

Brian Bull

Eugene City Councilor Emily Semple is after a second term. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, she kicked off her re-election bid today.

Semple represents Ward 1, and is council president. She says with one term under her belt, she has experience and relationships that make her even more effective. 

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Emily Semple, preparing to talk to supporters ahead of her re-election bid.

Semple says banning single-use serviceware and expanding a plastic bag ban are two things she’s helped accomplish in her first term. She says progress on Eugene’s homeless issue is another bright spot.

“There’s things happening, locations for shelter and day center, that are about to be revealed, so I’m excited about that," she tells KLCC.  "Just continuing to be a voice and continuing to get money for the projects. Working to implement the ten strategies of the TAC report.  We have made some differences, it’s never enough.”

The Dusk-to-Dawn camp has also expanded its capacity, and Semple has also pledged to further address environmental issues as well if re-elected.

Semple did upset some locals last fall after saying a homeless protest camp was engaging in “terrorism”.  She has since apologized.

Five others have filed for Ward 1.  The primary is scheduled for May 19th.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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