Lucy Vinis's 2020 Campaign Platform

We live in turbulent times. The issues we face are urgent and complex, and finding agreement can be challenging. Lucy Vinis’s approach is built on life-long values of fairness, stewardship, respect, and communication. She believes that lasting solutions are forged one step at a time.


Homelessness is front and center for Lucy and our community. In her first term, Lucy:

  • Led City Council to dedicate $1 million funding toward a permanent shelter for the homeless 

  • Partnered with Lane County to craft a long-term, coordinated strategy to help people stabilize their lives (TAC Report). 

  • Promoted investment in community safety to expand services to at-risk youth and unhoused adults.

  • Worked with business owners, neighborhood leaders, and homeless advocates to chart the path forward.


If re-elected, Mayor Vinis will work tirelessly to:

  • Establish a low-barrier, permanent shelter for homeless people.

  • Implement a full range of remedies to help community members find and stay in long-term housing.

  • Ensure well-coordinated leadership with the hiring of a Strategic Initiatives Manager.

  • Push for increased funding for addiction and mental health services through partnerships with the State and County.

Housing & Population Growth

Eugene is facing a housing crisis. As Mayor, Lucy championed innovative solutions, including:

  • Passage of the Construction Excise Tax, yielding an estimated half-million dollars annually to support a Housing Trust Fund.

  • Development of “missing middle” housing to ensure that everyone can find an affordable place to call home.

  • Removing red tape for builders of affordable housing

  • The Housing Tools & Strategies Task Force, which identified 80 tactics to increase the availability of affordable housing.

Looking forward, Mayor Vinis pledges to:

  • Champion tenant rights to protect renters from unfair evictions and other hardships.

  • Push for the creation of a landlord engagement process to remove barriers to rental housing for formerly homeless Eugeneans.

  • Work with neighborhoods to identify opportunities and obstacles for diverse housing types, while retaining quality of life.

Climate Change & Transportation

The dual challenges of climate change and population growth require our urgent attention.  In her first term, Mayor Vinis:

  • Chaired the Ad Hoc Committee on the Climate Action Plan to reduce Eugene’s greenhouse gas emissions by 50% from 2010 levels by 2030.

  • Bolstered our commitments to bus transit, biking, walking and disability access to build a future less dependent on cars.  


Lucy will continue to fight climate change on all levels. In her new term, she will:

  • Ensure accountability to the Climate Action goals set in her first term.

  • Support a Clean Energy Jobs policy at the state level.

  • Champion sustainable investments in transportation at the federal level through her work with the Climate Mayors, US Conference of Mayors, and Congressman DeFazio.

  • Keep local energy providers on track to meet their climate action obligations.

Economic Development

Lucy believes in supporting businesses and nonprofits that create jobs and fuel economic development. She championed the city’s investment in: 

  • High-speed fiber internet.

  • Local business development and innovative job training programs. 

  • Renewal of a 5-year bond of $51.2 million to fund necessary street repairs.

  • Development of the Willamette riverfront neighborhood, bringing 500 new units of housing, new small businesses, and new tax revenue, plus many living-wage construction and permanent jobs.

  • Green jobs and products and promoting local food and agriculture production.

Looking forward, Lucy will strive to ensure economic prosperity is shared by all. She will continue to:

  • Support programs to build the workforce we need for the jobs we are creating.

  • Advocate for community benefits to be incorporated into economic development investments.

Government Transparency

Since becoming mayor, Lucy has kept her campaign promise to improve communication and help the public stay up-to-date on policies under consideration. Lucy:

  • Writes weekly Mayoral Blogs, available on the City website and on her Facebook page.

  • Makes all city government audits public on the city’s website. 

  • Publishes regular guest viewpoints in The Register-Guard.

And her efforts don’t end there. Currently, she is:

  • Convening a Youth Advisory Board to advise the City Council and empower youth leaders.

  • Hosting "Walks with the Mayor" throughout the city so people can talk directly with her about issues that impact their neighborhoods.

Fighting for Progressive Values

Lucy believes that everyone deserves a chance to live a life with dignity and respect. She has put our community values into action by:

  • Leading the way on passing Eugene’s Sanctuary City Ordinance, so everyone feels welcome and safe here, regardless of immigration status. 

  • Passing the resolution condemning abortion bans and committing the city to support reproductive rights moving forward.

  • Launching the Spreading Kindness Campaign to encourage understanding, compassion, and appreciation of diversity.

  • Advocating for fair labor agreements for SEIU and Graduate Teaching Fellows at the University of Oregon.

Lucy will continue to stand up for Eugene’s progressive values:

  • Expand her outreach to bring more voices into public policy through the multicultural campaign to recognize and celebrate 20 cultures by 2021.

  • Encourage expansion of the Equity Panel to invite broader representation in housing and other issues.

  • Reinforce efforts to bring our unhoused neighbors into the conversation about solutions to homelessness.

  • Advocate for “growing our own” economic development to support local businesses and entrepreneurs.