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Ceniga tops Lesley in race for West Lane County Commissioner

Ryan Ceniga (left); and rival candidate Dawn Lesley (right) for West Lane Co. Commissioner.
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Ryan Ceniga (left); and rival candidate Dawn Lesley (right) for West Lane Co. Commissioner.

The race for West Lane County Commissioner has ended with a win for Ryan Ceniga. At last check, he had 55% of the vote compared to his opponent Dawn Lesley, who had 45%. Ceniga had been encouraged to run by outgoing commissioner Jay Boziewich.

Ceniga - a Junction City coach, school board member, and utility contractor - ran on a platform championing rural concerns including public safety.

In an email, Lesley said she congratulated Ceniga over the phone Wednesday, and urged him and the Lane County Board of Commissioners to prioritize public safety as well, and added climate action and affordable housing as concerns.

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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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