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Isiah Wagoner Announces Bid For Eugene Mayor's Office

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Brian Bull
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A Black activist who’s been at the forefront of many protests and marches this year says he’s now running for Eugene Mayor as a write-in candidate.

Isiah Wagoner says the activism he’s been a part of in recent months inspired him to seek office. He says he’d like to soften the so-called "War on Drugs", and bolster programs like the EPD’s Crisis Response Teams and the White Bird Clinic’s CAHOOTS program to help the community.

“Before we get them fully funded, making sure we know what their plan of action is, and what that can look like with the numbers and decreasing public policing on our streets," Wagoner told KLCC.

"And also the low barrier shelters. That would be a big platform of mine, by getting these shelters built.”

Incumbent Mayor Lucy Vinis is running on her first term’s accomplishments, which includes tackling homelessness.  She said she’s also hoping to keep the local economy supported through the pandemic.

Election Day is November 3rd.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ 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 (19 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.