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Springfield's State of the City Goes Virtual

Rachael McDonald

Springfield Mayor Sean Van Gordon delivered a virtual state of the city address Wednesday. He was joined by other community members in describing the challenges of the year 2020.

Those include the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, police protests and the Holiday Farm Fire.

Van Gordon acknowledged it’s been a tough year but he had a message of hope. And he talked about his goals for the future. Including reforms to the justice system.

“I would like to pursue starting a preventative justice program,” Van Gordon said. “We should do whatever is reasonable to promote the accountability of action and prevent people from cycling through our justice system.”

Van Gordon, formerly a city councilor, was appointed to the mayor’s seat last month. He’s serving out the remainder of former mayor Christine Lundberg’s term. She left the position last summer.

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.