Blue River, Oregon, February 7, 2018 – Tim Laue filed for the East Lane County Commissioner position at 1:00 pm today at Lane County Elections. The mostly rural district, which encompasses some parts of Eugene and Springfield, is geographically as large as the combined size of the other four Lane County districts. "For people who live in East Lane County's unincorporated areas their local government representative is the County Commissioner," said Laue (pronounced Lau-ee).
Laue and volunteers have been busy. On January 12th, a Candidate Committee was established with the Oregon Secretary of State's office. A January 19th campaign email to local officials announced Laue's candidacy, "I decided to run because I am concerned about the division and distress currently affecting our communities: Democrat vs. Republican, urban vs. rural, left vs. right, national vs. local. Polarization is pulling us apart. We're losing our center and when the center erodes we lose trust in each other limiting our future and putting our communities in danger."
Laue continued, "Rebuilding trust begins locally. Local for me is Lane County, and as East Lane Commissioner, I can help. I don’t have all the answers, but I do have a demonstrated ability to work with others, find solutions and strengthen the center. I will give it my very best effort. To succeed we must reconnect with the common decency and common sense needed to find our common ground. Only then can we provide for the common good."
Friday evening, Feb. 2nd, Laue and volunteers launched their campaign and opened headquarters in Blue River.
Laue and his campaign manager updated volunteers on the campaign. Laue then focused the meeting on listening closely to community issues and concerns, asking “ "What issues concern you the most in your own neighborhood?
After ideas and issues were captured, Tim Laue closed the campaign kick-off noting, “District 5 covers a variety of unique areas and distinct communities. Each has its own needs, wants, hopes, and dreams. From Walterville to McKenzie Bridge, Goshen to Oakridge and Westfir, Coburg to Cottage Grove and London; from the fringes of the Metro area to the reaches of the Mohawk River--just to name a few--ours is a diverse and beautiful place to live, work and care for our families. That is what this election is about: helping each town and neighborhood have a voice and a place to be represented."
Allen Brody, a McKenzie Bridge volunteer at the Campaign Kick Off, stated "Tim is running for East Lane County Commissioner out of personal conviction and a commitment to public service. For that we have to be glad. He is our candidate of choice for the May 15th Primary!”
Tim Laue has a long history of public service including:
- Chair of the Eugene Neighborhood Leaders Council (1991-1994)
- Citizen Member, City of Eugene Budget Committee (1993-1994)
- Eugene City Council (1994-1999)
- Eugene Police Commission (1999-2006, Chair 2002-2006)
- Eugene Sustainability Commission (2007-2009)
- Eugene Civilian Review Board (2009-2013, Chair 2010-2012)
- Lane County Public Safety Coordinating Council (1994-1996, 2006-2013), Vice-Chair, Chair (2008-2012)
- CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocate (2012-2018)
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Martin Luther King Jr.