The Eugene Mayor's race is shattering all records for fundraising, mostly driven by Jim Torrey, the former Mayor, who's trying to get back his old office. (In between, he ran unsuccessfully as a Republican against Vicki Walker in 2006).
According to the Eugene Register-Guard, as of May 5th Torrey had raised $215,097, setting him on a pace to easily double the most ever spent in a Eugene Mayor's race. Piercy had raised $109,383 as of the 5th.
To put this money in perspective for those Blue Oregon readers in Portland, there are about 85,000 voters in Eugene. By comparison, there are about 312,000 voters in Portland. If a Portland Mayoral candidate were to spend on this level per voter, they'd have to be at about the $800,000 mark as of May 5th.
From an environmental perspective, a Torrey victory would be a huge step backwards. Current Mayor Kitty Piercy has been a strong leader in helping promote sustainable jobs and a healthy environment, often having to break 4-4 ties on the otherwise split council. In contrast, when Torrey was Mayor, he routinely sided with developers in fights against neighborhoods.
As Alan Pitman with the Eugene Weekly put it a few weeks back,
"Jim Torrey has raked in record-breaking donations from developer, land speculator, sand and gravel, construction, timber and other special interests who stand to make huge profits from the urban sprawl and freeways he envisions as mayor."
Blue Oregon readers may want to show Kitty Piercy some support by donating to help her get her message out over the last week.