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Councilor Syrett says she has no plans to resign in face of recall effort

Claire Syrett, Ward 7 councilor.
City of Eugene official website.
Claire Syrett, Ward 7 councilor.

A Eugene city councilor says she has no plans to step down, after a petition drive to recall her drew enough signatures.

The Register-Guard reports that deadlines set by state law likely puts the recall election in early September. Claire Syrett represents Ward 7 which includes the Santa Clara, River Road, Trainsong, and Whiteaker neighborhood associations.

Syrett says the election could cost tens of thousands of dollars, and added she doesn’t believe there’s been a dereliction of duty on her part.

Petitioners cite frustration over the MovingAhead transportation project, which could mean bus-only lanes for Em-X routes on river road. They say this could cause traffic jams and the removal of over a hundred trees.

Syrett joined six councilors in voting in favor of narrowing down options for the five corridors. Her critics also say they have issues with her handling of crime, homelessness, and gentrification.

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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.