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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Precincts, Ward 8

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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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!

“Whether in union leadership or as fire chief, Randy's expertise in health care delivery, fire service, environmental protection, and public safety will continue to be a great asset for our city. I'm thrilled to support Randy Groves for City Council.

(Congresswoman Val Hoyle)

"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's unique experience and skills will be critical as we cooperate to tackle issues like housing, public health, safety, and climate change."

(Heather Buch - Lane County Commissioner)

Our profession provides opportunity to see the best and worst society has to offer, that experience will fuel Randy Groves’ compassionate and creative approach to his new role in city hall. Your Firefighters are all in for Randy Groves, Candidate for City of Eugene, Ward 8.”

(Mike Caven - former President, IAFF Local 851)


Randy Groves for Ward 8, Eugene City Council