Emily Semple Joins Four Others Running For Eugene City Council Seat

Feb 16, 2016

Emily Semple is the latest to announce she’s running for the Eugene City Council Ward 1 seat being left vacant by George Brown. She kicked off her candidacy Tuesday in Kesey Square.

Emily Semple flanked by Eugene City Councilors Betty Taylor and George Brown at Kesey Square.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Semple has never run for office. But she has the support of current Ward 1 City Councilor George Brown.
Brown: “Emily and I share a wide set of progressive values and principles. I endorse her whole-heartedly, without reservation.”
Semple has been an active member of Occupy Eugene since it started about 4 years. While she’s been an advocate for homeless people, she says that’s not her only priority.
Semple: “My interest is in the livability of Eugene as an entire city. As populations come in we’re going to have challenges. We need to figure out what we want and how we want to go about it while providing for the people that are already here and making it welcoming for the people who will be coming.”
Chris Wig, Kelly Boyd, Chad Anderson and Joshua Skov have also filed to run for the Eugene City Council Ward 1 seat. The primary election is May 17th.