Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, May 19, 1980, Section B, Page 14, Image 25

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County commission race offers wide choice
The North Eugene County
Commissioner race comes in a
close second to Oregon House
District 40 this year for most
candidates in a single race,
falling two short of the District
40 total of 10.
Mack Follmer, an insurance
company owner, is seeking his
first political office. He would
give priority to easing the
county’s budget problems, he
“There is excess in every
department,” Follmer says, “We
need more work for less money,
more results for less money.”
The county social service
departments are “over-fin
anced and under-prodcutive,”
he says, adding the commis
sioners should do more evalua
tion of services and less reor
Follmer says he supports the
Land Conservation and
Development Commission’s
land-use guidelines "100 per
cent." The county needs a
broader industrial base, he
says, but it should concentrate
on making the county a place
where industry wants to come.
Bob Griffith, a county engin
eer, feels his work experience in
the county uniquely qualifies
him for the job. He says he can
pinpoint and rectify problem
areas in the county government.
The county should better use
its computer facilities, he says,
by keeping more detailed files
and by producing an indexed
service and department guides.
Although he feels county man
agement does a good job, the
county is overstaffed with mid
management and workers, Grif
fith says. The county “shoud pat
on the back those people
who're really doing a good job
and let go some of those who're
parasites on the system.”
He proposes a committee to
review supervisor/worker per
formance saying the present
review system is inadequate.
Admitting the country is in an
economic slump, Griffith says
there is no need to diversify the
county’s industrial base
because "we’ll become another
It s your choice.
Eugene deserves a better
deal than business-as-usual,
“good old boy” politics.
You can vote for a change
when Eugene’s Mayor is
elected on Tuesday.
You can vote for progres- I
sive leadership from a BUSH
woman who lives and works in the University
community, a woman who believes that people are
important, a woman who is an advocate of public
radio, theater, the arts, women’s rights, and open
government. The record shows that Catherine
Lauris has provided the necessary leadership on
There is only one choice.
Catherine Lauris
for Mayor on May 20
Register. Vote. You can make a difference.
these issues
L«trn for Mayor, Evelyn Tennis, Treas., 1240 East 18th Ave., Eugene, OR 97403
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Jim Hale, a real-estate agent,
is running for commissioner for
the second time, having run in
1978 also. The county should
take a leadership role in seeking
metropolitan solutions to me
tropolitan problems, he says.
Hale is opposed to across
the-board budget cuts, saying
that is ”an admission that they (
the commissioners) don’t know
what is going on in the depart
ments.” He would rather see the
board review each department
yearly and determine its budget
individually according tc need.
Hale says the county has
been over-reliant upon the
timber industry and must be
more active in attracting more
diverse industry. "It is not feasi
ble to limit the growth of the
county until we have diversified
our economy.”
He supports the LCDC
guidelines but says he would
like to see minimum lot size
requirements eased for rural
lands, so the rural landowners
might have greater flexibility in
sub-dividing and selling their
Scott Lieuallen, a bicycle me
chanic and a current Eugene
City Council member, says
“public business ought to be
held in public as much as pos
sible." He wants to be an open
and accessible commissioner,
he says.
Lieuallen says a large seg
ment of the North Eugene dis
trict are people who rely heavily
on the county’s social services
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and he would work actively to
assure these needs are met.
He does not believe the
county should actively recruit
industry. The industry will come
without prodding, Lieuallen
says, adding the county should
develop a set of criteria new
business and industry must
meet before they are allowed to
locate in the county.
Lieuallen says the thrust of
economic development ought
to be local by bolstering the
small business and industry in
the county already. More jobs
can be created at the small
entreprenurial level than at the
large corporate level, he adds.
He says he would push for a
comprehensive county weath
erization program, believing
such a program can be potential
source for new jobs.
Cathy Method says the public
wants honesty from the people
who represent them in political
offices. “If I make a vote on an
issue that may make people in
my district unhappy the first
thing I do is go back to them and
tell them why I voted as I did.”
Method says she will make a
priority of improving relations
between the county and the ci
ties of Springfield and Eugene.
She says all the local govern
ments will be facing some harsh
budget decisions in the near
future and should begin inves
tigating ways to provide ser
vices together.
Method says she would stress
the need for careful land plan
ning. She says the county must
preserve agricultural land, but
should allow for rural growth for
those who do not desire city
Method says she is a fiscal
conservative and ‘ a real
advocate of social services.”
She says if she had to make
budget cuts she would do so
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