Claire Syrett represents Ward 7 on the Eugene City Council. She is a proven leader and effective advocate for progressive issues. Her fair-minded, fact-based approach to tackling tough issues means she can work effectively with people of diverse opinions to move our city forward in a positive direction. Claire stands strong on her principles and works from her core values of equality, compassion and community in her role representing Ward 7 and the city of Eugene.
Claire represents one of the most diverse wards in the city of Eugene. Ranging from downtown to the northern edges of the city boundaries, this ward includes the Trainsong, Whiteaker, River Road and Santa Clara neighborhoods; each one having its own unique character and needs.
Providing Local Leadership Vital for the Future
As our county grapples with the lack of leadership in our federal government, I am proud to serve on the Eugene City Council and contribute to guiding the future of our community at the local level. In my first term on city council I played key roles in our city passing a paid sick leave ordinance, launching the successful Rest Stop and Dawn to Dusk programs that provide emergency and temporary shelter to the homeless, and adopting Vision Zero to guide our city's transportation efforts with the goal of no fatalities on our streets. I believe these policies and programs will continue to benefit Eugene long into the future.
I remain committed to finding ways to ensure that undeveloped parks in Ward 7 receive the funding needed to become fully developed, and to increase parks maintenance activity throughout the city. Traffic safety, the impacts of homelessness and improving our parks are common concerns among my constituents as well as for residents through out the city. These issues remain a priority for me going forward.
I will continue to be a leader on issues of equity and inclusion and seek ways to ensure all members of our community have a chance to participate in decisions affecting them. Transportation access and safety are especially important in neighborhoods with limited options. Parks and open space provide important health and social benefits especially needed in under-served communities. Policies that provide support and relief for those struggling to make ends meet can mean the difference between staying in one's home and being on the street. Equity is a lens through which I will view our city's budget priorities as well.
I have been inspired over the past five years by the dedication and commitment of my fellow councilors and the many volunteers who serve on city commissions and in other ways. The citizens of Eugene care deeply about their city and it shows in the many ways in which they step up to serve and make a difference. I am especially pleased to be serving on a city council that has gender parity for the first time in our city's history as well as a woman serving as mayor. It is an honor to serve on this council and represent the residents of Ward 7.