Archive for March, 2012

Commentary: Corrupt, Suit against 2 commissioners clearly exposes ‘willful violations’, Register Guard, 3/25/12

We commend Lane County Commissioner Faye Stewart for his Feb. 19 guest viewpoint in support of Oregon’s open meetings law. Stewart was unable to attend every day of the trial involving Commissioners Rob Handy and Pete Sorenson. We did attend the trial every day, and we have a slightly different view of the proceedings.

Commentary: County ‘Book’ Club’ Still At It, Register Guard, 3/23/12

After being found guilty of willfully violating Oregon’s Open Meetings Law and costing taxpayers the better part of a million dollars, Lane County Commissioners Rob Handy and Pete Sorenson are now relying on endorsements from their “book club” cronies to win re-election.

The Handy-Farr contest is likely to be settled in May, Register Guard, 3/1/12

When Mike Clark filed to run for Lane County commissioner in the north Eugene district late last year, he had reason to hope that a head-to-head contest with incumbent Rob Handy would end with a winner on May 15. Instead, Pat Farr filed in January to run for the same position. It looked as though the anti-Handy vote would be split between the two Eugene City Council members, creating the likelihood of a runoff in November. But now Clark has withdrawn, greatly increasing the chances that the race will be settled when Handy or Farr wins a majority in the primary election.

Commentary: Handy doesn’t merit re-election, Register Guard, 2/26/12

Handy doesn’t merit re-election

I am a lifelong Democrat who will not be voting to re-elect Rob Handy as Lane County commissioner. I don’t know Handy personally. I would like to think he is a nice person, but it is very obvious that he has no place in elected office. He simply lacks good judgment and a basic sense of what it right and wrong.

We need elected leaders we can look to for their ethical behavior, instead of forgiving their many (costly) transgressions. I have always voted for Democratic candidates whose values of honestly, justice and fairness I can relate to. Handy just doesn’t measure up.

Commissioner Faye Stewart said it best in his Feb. 19 guest viewpoint: “As elected officials, we are entrusted with power to make decisions that affect the lives of many. It is imperative that we exercise that power in the daylight so that the public is aware of the reasoning that goes into our decisions and whether we are deserving of their continued trust.”

For whatever reason, Rob Handy has proven himself incapable of this important task and does not deserve to be re-elected.

Robert W. Smith


Clark drops out of Commission race, endorses Farr 2/28/12

EUGENE, Ore. – City Councilor Mike Clark dropped out of the race for Lane County Commissioner representing North Eugene and endorsed fellow Councilor Pat Farr for the seat currently held by Commissioner Rob Handy.

Farr Seeks County Commissioner Seat, KMTR

Eugene (KMTR) A Eugene City Council member is looking for another job. Pat Farr has announced his be for the newly-redrawn North Eugene seat on the Lane County Board of Commissioner.