Isiah Wagoner Announces Bid For Eugene Mayor's Office

Aug 11, 2020

A Black activist who’s been at the forefront of many protests and marches this year says he’s now running for Eugene Mayor as a write-in candidate.

Isiah Wagoner, after he testified for a grand jury this summer about a June 28th hit-and-run incident where he contacted a vehicle driven by Travis Waleri. Wagoner and witnesses say Waleri deliberately struck him at the event, but the grand jury chose not to press charges.
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Isiah Wagoner says the activism he’s been a part of in recent months inspired him to seek office. He says he’d like to soften the so-called "War on Drugs", and bolster programs like the EPD’s Crisis Response Teams and the White Bird Clinic’s CAHOOTS program to help the community.

“Before we get them fully funded, making sure we know what their plan of action is, and what that can look like with the numbers and decreasing public policing on our streets," Wagoner told KLCC.

"And also the low barrier shelters. That would be a big platform of mine, by getting these shelters built.”

Incumbent Mayor Lucy Vinis is running on her first term’s accomplishments, which includes tackling homelessness.  She said she’s also hoping to keep the local economy supported through the pandemic.

Election Day is November 3rd.

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