LCC Faculty Member Nora Kent to rival Jay Bozievich for May Election
Eugene, OR - LCC Faculty Member and community organizer Nora Kent filed for District 1 on the Lane County Board of Commissioners representing West Lane County on Monday morning. Kent joins the race amid a period of public outcry against incumbent Jay Bozievich for squashing the citizen initiative process by denying a public vote on aerial herbicide spraying. Bozievich’s past electoral success has been shaky at best, as he only secured re-election by a margin of 75 votes in 2014.
Kent issued the following written statement Monday morning: “I’m running because West Lane County deserves a commissioner who shares our values. We need someone who will foster civic participation, not silence it. Bozievich has an eight-year record to defend, including cuts to rural patrols, scandals at county government, while trampling county workers. Enough is enough. It’s time for a change.”
Nora Kent has taught at Lane Community College for more than 20 years. Although this is her first run for public office, she has actively organized for years on behalf of social justice initiatives throughout Lane County. For example, she recently worked with a group of volunteers to organize the Women’s March in Florence. She lives with her family in Deadwood, Oregon, and she is a proud member of the Lane Community College Education Association and the Oregon Education Association.
Kent’s announcement has already drawn support from around the district.
“Nora Kent brings people together. I applaud her for running for Commissioner. She’s a real fighter.”
– Florence City Councilor Ron Preisler
“Lane County needs Nora Kent. In the era of #metoo we need to break up the boy’s club.”
– Junction City resident Zenia Liebman
*An earlier version of this story said Jay Bozievich voted for his own pay raise. That was incorrect. Jay voted against his pay raise, and was absent for the budget committee vote, and absent for the county budget appropriation vote.