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Leech becomes interim Eugene City Councilor for Ward 7

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Lyndsie Leech at her interview with Eugene City Council on Dec. 5, 2022

After some deliberation, the Eugene City Council has appointed Lyndsie Leech for a 6-month interim councilor position for Ward 7.

Leech is executive director for WellMama, a non-profit that provides parents with pregnancy and postpartum services.

The council considered other candidates, including Thomas Hiura and Barbie Walker, before approving Leech on a 5 to 2 vote.

Mayor Lucy Vinis acknowledged disagreements among the councilors, but urged all of them to support Leech and be open to her potential.

Leech succeeds Claire Syrett as Ward 7 councilor. Syrett was recalled in a special election in October.

Leech’s interim term runs until a successor is elected in May, and assumes office in July. She can also run for the right to serve the rest of the term, which ends in January 2025.

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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.