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Eyster says he’s running for mayor

Mike Eyster

SPRINGFIELD – Mike Eyster is running for Springfield mayor this year, he announced on Tuesday.
”I’m running for mayor because I care deeply about Springfield,” he said. ”As a champion for our city and its residents, I will work closely with Springfield neighbors and community partners to reimagine Springfield as a dynamic, inclusive, prosperous and healthy community.”
Active in the community, Eyster has been a Springfield resident since 1994 and is the chair of the Lane Community College Board of Education; vice chair of the Springfield Utility Board; president of the Springfield Renaissance Development Corporation; and immediate past president of Better Eugene Springfield Transportation.
Prior to retirement, Eyster served as the senior associate vice president for the Division of Student Life at the University of Oregon.
Eyster has also served as chair of the Lane Transit District Board; chair of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce; and president of the City Club of Springfield.
He said that as a former chair of the Springfield Chamber he wants to attract and retain new businesses, entrepreneurs and employers, to build upon the success of the current business community and boost the city’s living-wage jobs in all fields.
Eyster said he intends to ”solidify the success of our downtown business renaissance throughout all areas of Springfield… and go beyond the ‘status quo’ to create accessible, affordable housing and vibrant, thriving neighborhoods.”
Check out next week’s Chronicle for a more in-depth look at Eyster.