Eugene City Councilor Ward 8

Experience . Common Sense . Proven Leadership!

Randy Groves for Ward 8, Eugene City Council

Randy Groves knows Eugene and he has a record of impressive accomplishments. He is your former Fire Chief where he innovated, set the vision, and led the merger between the Eugene and Springfield fire departments - improving service while reducing cost.

Now he is your City Councilor for Ward 8 (since January 2021) because he wants to continue making a difference. He is a force for positive change and he has put his experience, common sense and proven leadership to work for you.

In addition to continuing his service on the City’s Budget Committee, he also serves on the City's Inter-Governmental Relations (IGR) Committee, the Lane Council of Governments (LCOG) Board, the Cascades West Economic Development District (CWEDD) Board, is the Chair of the Metropolitan Policy Committee (MPC) and serves on the Lane County Human Services Commission.

Randy is also a former member of the City's Human Rights Commission (HRC).

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Ward Districts

Special Interests and Concerns

  • JH Baxter dioxin contamination issue that is impacting the health of area residents and the value of their properties.
  • Creation of a Public Health Overlay Zone to place a buffer between heavy industry and residential areas, parks and schools.
  • Employ realistic and effective solutions focused on outcomes to address homelessness
  • Employ community safety strategies that promote accountability and safety for all while strategically evolving our service system to better align resources with service needs
  • Local economy and jobs - support existing our businesses and workers while seeking to attract new businesses, clean industry and living wage jobs
  • Support youth, our educational system and prepare the next generation for success with a special emphasis on at risk youth.
  • Increase our inventory and diversity of housing with an emphasis on affordable housing
  • Promote strong neighborhoods
  • Progress our dialogue on race and work to advance an open and welcoming environment based on equity, respect and opportunity
  • Continue the revitalization of our downtown
  • Build strong partnerships within our community and with our regional partners
  • Continue our work on environmental protection and slowing climate change while employing realistic, achievable and balanced strategies
  • Promote efficient, effective and accountable government

Accomplishments in Office

  • Clean-up of West Eugene
  • Pushed for the establishment of larger Safe Sleep Sites to provide more places for the unhoused to go helping hundreds of people move off of our streets and into a safe and stable living environment
  • Helped effect changes in Eugene's parking ordinance to better manage on street parking problems
  • Pushed for measures to reduce crime in West Eugene
  • Actively involved in the JH Baxter dioxin contamination issue and fighting for the health, safety and rights of effected residents
  • Instrumental in council work on Tools & Strategies for Addressing Chronic Toxic Polluters to protect residents, workers and our environment
  • Instrumental in council work in developing a West Eugene Public Health Overlay Zone as a planning tool to provide a buffer between industry and residential areas, schools, parks and other sensitive land uses
  • Instrumental in council work in assessing Risk Bonds as a means for ensuring financial resources are available to mitigate industrial pollution such as the JH Baxter dioxin contamination
  • Active participant in the Active Bethel Community (ABC) and Churchill Area Neighbors (CAN) neighborhood associations

Community Involvement, Service and Council Assignments

  • Eugene City Council (2021-Present)
  • Eugene City Council President (2023), Vice President (2024)
  • Eugene Budget Committee (2020-Present)
  • Eugene Intergovernmental Relations (IGR) Committee
  • Lane Council of Governments (LCOG), Board of Directors, Executive Steering Committee and past Budget Committee
  • Lane County Human Services Commission (HSC), Policy Committee
  • Cascade West Economic Development District (CWDD), Board of Directors and Executive Steering Committee
  • Metropolitan Policy Committee (MPC), past Chair and Vice Chair
  • Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce, Business Leaders' Task Force on Homelessness
  • Eugene Wildfire Preparedness Coalition
  • Active Bethel Community (ABC) Neighborhood Association
  • Churchill Area Neighborhood (CAN) Association
  • Oregon State Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Fuel Tanks Seismic Stability Rule-Making Advisory Committee (2022-2023, work completed)
  • Oregon State Department of Transportation (ODOT) OR-126 Rebuild Project Steering Committee (2020-2022, work completed)
  • Past Member of Eugene's Human Right's Commission (HRC)
  • Past Board Member, Churchill Area Babe Ruth Baseball
  • Past Baseball Coach, Churchill Area Babe Ruth and Willamette Valley All Stars

Thank you for your support - I work for you!

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    Randy Groves, Eugene

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    Housing Development Project Event

    Councilor Groves Attending Event for Housing Development Project at the Riverfront Development

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    Economic Development meeting West Eugene

    Councilor Groves Attending Economic Development meeting in West Eugene. Working to Create Living Wage Jobs

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    Methane Capture and Renewable Gas Plant Dedication

    Councilor Groves attending Methane Capture and Renewable Gas Plant Dedication at Metro Wastewater

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    Eugene City Council Meeting

    Councilor Groves at Eugene City Council Meeting

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    Girls and Boys Club Event

    Councilor Groves Attending Girls and Boys Club Event to Promote Supporting and Feeding Youth with US Senator Ron Wyden, Congresswoman Val Hoyle, State Senator James Manning

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    Visiting Everyone Village Safe Sleep Site

    Councilor Groves Visiting Everyone Village Safe Sleep Site with Senators James Manning fan Floyd Prozansky

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    Councilor Groves with Eugene Springfield Fire Chief Mike Caven

    Councilor Groves with Eugene Springfield Fire Chief Mike Caven for Electric Fire Engine Demonstration

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    Willamette River Environmental Protection Tour

    Councilor Groves and Councilor Keating from the right during Willamette River Environmental Protection Tour with the River Keeper Organization and Eugene City Parks and Open Space and Eugene City Recreation Staff

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    Councilor Groves at Willamette River Clean-up

    Councilor Groves at Willamette River Clean-up with Chris Pietsch from the Register Guard

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    Yogi Tea 50th Anniversary

    Councilor Groves Speaking at West Eugene’s Yogi Tea’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

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    Randy Groves, family

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    Regional Oregon Department of Transportation Road Improvement Projects

    Councilor Groves participates in elected officials tour of regional Oregon Department of Transportation road improvement projects. Tour transportation was provided by LTD using one of their first electric buses.

“Randy has proven he'll support business and our economy while fighting for working families. As a former firefighter, fire chief, union leader, city Budget Committee member and current city councilor, he has served our community for over 40-years. I'm thrilled to support him for re-election to our City Council." ~ Congresswoman Val Hoyle

"Randy has worked to clean up west Eugene, supported creating space for our unhoused, helped create housing and aggressively worked on the dioxin contamination problem here in west Eugene. He has spent decades in our community working as a firefighter and volunteering in Churchill area schools and sports programs. As a city councilor, Randy has been there when we need him." ~ Senator James Manning

"Randy's unique experience and skills will be critical as we cooperate to tackle issues like housing, public health, safety, and climate change." ~ Commissioner Heather Buch, Lane County

"My colleague, Randy Groves, has proven to be an effective councilor with wide-ranging experience, a deep sense of fairness, successful actions, and incredible responsiveness. With Randy as your councilor, you will be heard! I look forward to the next four years of his dedicated work." ~ Councilor Emily Semple, Eugene Ward 1

"Great candidates for elected service can be hard to find. Especially those with the track record, experience and commitment Randy has. Rosie and I are grateful Randy is running and he has our support." ~ Chris Pryor, former City Councilor Ward 8

"Randy has been a firefighter, a union leader, and our fire chief. His expertise in health care delivery, fire service, environmental protection, and public safety will continue to be a great asset for our city. ~ President Kris Siewert, IAFF Local 851


Randy Groves for Ward 8, Eugene City Council