Valle: 'I can win. Eugene is ready'

Valle: 'I can win. Eugene is ready' »Play Video
Juan Carlos Valle

EUGENE, Ore. - Working the phones is part of the morning routine for Juan Carlos Valle.

"As you know I'm running for city council in south Eugene," Valle told a resident Wednesday on the phone from his home.

South Eugene voters decide Tuesday whether to stick with City Councilor Betty Taylor or send Valle to City Hall as their representative.

It's the first time in 14 years a City Council race has gone past the May primary to a November runoff election, dividing the district block by block - even house by house.

For Valle it's his first run for public office.

Active with Centro Latino Americano and a member of the Eugene Police Commission, Valle said Ward 2 is ready for a change. He calls himself a progressive and said he can get more things done for the district than Taylor by reaching out to conservatives and moderates on the council.

"We should focus on working for tomorrow and I bring that new perspective to the city council," Valle said.

In a direct mail campaign piece, the Taylor campaign painted Valle as a puppet for developers. Not so fast, Valle said.

"There are people out there that have chosen to support me financially and to put my name out there," he said, "but it doesn't mean that I'm going to be voting for their causes."

Valle supports the W. 11th Eugene EmX extension and the one-year extension of the Downtown Exclusion Zone

He said if the Opportunity Village homeless community moves ahead, officials should consider the Lane County Fairgrounds.

"The money that will be spent for the camp can be then directed to the County Commission for them to use in public safety," he said. "That can be a win-win for the community."

Valle, a Social Security Administration counselor, feels good about Election Day.

"I can win," he said. "Eugene is ready."