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Springfield Chooses Damien Pitts As New Interim City Councilor

Damien Pitts

In a unanimous decision, Springfield City Councilors Monday selected Damien Pitts to represent Ward 1 on the council.

Pitts is an Academic Advisor and Diversity Initiatives Specialist at the University of Oregon Lundquist College of Business. He moved to Springfield in 2016. Pitts said he was encouraged by friends and community members to apply for the interim City Council position.“So many people were reaching out and saying ‘hey you should do this’ was one of the main reasons I even decided to do it because I realized I would already have a platform just based on community support,” Pitts said.

He said he hopes his council position will help form a bridge between the UO campus and Springfield communities.  Pitts, who is Black, told KLCC he hopes to inspire others to pursue leadership roles.

“I mean I’m honored to be a city councilor,” Pitts said. “I hope that one day, somebody, whether they look like me or not, will look at me and say, you know, I see elements of me in him, so maybe I should look into being a city councilor or something else.”

Pitts, who is 40, is an Eagle Scout who has served overseas in the Army and speaks Korean. He’ll be sworn in on March 8th. The interim council position came open when Sean Van Gordon was appointed to serve as mayor of Springfield last month.

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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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