Pete Sorenson

•Working for South Eugene•
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Come get involved!

Click on ‘Volunteer’ on the top right to get involved! Pete has proved time and again that he stands with the people, not the special interests. Please get involved and stand with him too.
Welcome to Commissioner Pete Sorenson's Campaign Website

Welcome to Commissioner Pete Sorenson’s Campaign Website

Welcome to Commissioner Pete Sorenson’s campaign website. This website will inform and engage you on the political activities of Lane County Commissioner Pete Sorenson. He was re-elected in 2016 and is working hard for the people in Eugene, Oregon and in Lane County as South Eugene’s Lane County Commissioner.
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Friends and Supporters,

I have been running an aggressive campaign and keeping busy to ensure that we win this election by the March 8th filing deadline without an opponent. We have also been educating young and seasoned voters about the powers and responsibilities of the Board of Commissioners and why the work we do is so important.

We have serveral campaign related events and community events coming up, so please get out your calendars and get ready to SAVE THE DATE for events that perk your interest!


KUGN 590 Interview
Friday 10/16
Pete spoke on KUGN about local issues.

“Pete & Greet” and Lecture with German Exchange Students
Monday, 10/19
South Eugene High School
Pete meets with German Exchange High School students about:
* American government and presidential elections
* The nominating process
* Explain the electoral college

“Meet the Auditor” w/County Commissioner Sorenson
6:30-8:30pm, Tuesday, 10/20
South Eugene High School Cafeteria
400 E 19th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401
Pete introduces the new Lane County Auditor, describes the position, and answers questions about how she interacts with the Board.

House Party Fundraiser
7:00-8:30pm, FRIDAY, October 23rd
Although this is at a private residence near 13th and Lincoln, this event is open to the public.
Please call Steve Coatsworth at 541-606-8829 for more information.

Sierra Club Pisgah Hike w/Pete
10:30-1:30pm, Saturday, October 24th
Meet at South Eugene High School @ 10:30 AM
For more information on the hike, contact Steve Coatsworth at 541-606-8829

Walk around beautiful Mt. Pisgah with Commissioner Sorenson and Sierra Club Members. Hear about the historically pitched battles that have been waged to saved this community treasure.

As I mentioned in previous emails, running a hard race now to avoid an expensive and hotly contested race later is of vital importance.  Our campaign requires a total of roughly $35,000 for our staff and campaign materials–that number increased to $150,000 when a competitor joined the race in 2012. The work we do now avoids that expense, and I would again urge you to consider making a contribution to our campaign, and using your fully-refundable Oregon Political Income Tax Credit of $50 per individual or $100 if filing jointly. You can do so at our Secure online contribution page at, or by sending a check to:

Pete Sorenson Committee
P.O. Box 10836
Eugene, OR 97440

You can also help by letting us know if you’re willing to put up a lawn sign, write a letter to the editor, or do community outreach by phoning or doorbelling in your neighborhood in the coming months. You can find out about these opportunities by signing up to volunteer at our site,, or calling Steve Coatsworth at 541-606-8829.

2016 is shaping up to be an exciting election cycle in local and national politics. Avoiding an expensive and contested South Eugene Commissioner race by winning in March is the key that will allow us to refocus our energy and resources on other important races.

Thanks so much for helping out!


P.S. Oregon’s political tax credit means you can give $50 per income tax payer ($100 for couples) to our campaign and get it back dollar-for-dollar on your state taxes for this year. Kim and I donated our $100 earlier this year. You are more than welcome, in fact encouraged, to give more than $50, but the credit only covers $50 (or $100 jointly). This credit allows you to choose how these dollars are used. Please donate to our campaign. Our address is Pete Sorenson Committee, PO Box 10836, Eugene, Oregon 97440. You can also make a secure online contribution at our site:

ActBlue Contributions Now Accepted!

Every Oregonian gets an Oregon Political Income Tax Credit. What does that mean? It means YOU have $50 for individuals, and $100 per couple you can contribute and get back dollar-for-dollar on your state income taxes. Please consider making your grassroots contribution at our secure ActBlue site below!

Thank you so much for your support of me when I was in the progressive majority on the commission, and in my current role as a watchdog until we can reclaim a Democratic majority on the board.

Please consider using your Oregon Political Tax Credit on our re-election efforts.

You can donate online with our secure ActBlue contribution page by clicking here.

Even an unopposed campaign costs roughly $30,000-$40,000 to keep a campaign manager and ensure we can avoid an expensive and hotly contested race and finish are campaign on March, 8, the filing deadline.

We can do this!


Morning Filing Day Party and Evening Theater Party!

AM EVENT: Filing Day Party!

September 10th, 7:30am-9:30am
275 West 10th Avenue, Eugene

ON THE MORNING of September 10th, we will be celebrating with our Sorenson filing day party! I will drive my 93-year-old mother down to Lane Elections once again, where we will be joining a group of supporters excited about first official day I can file to run for office.

This is a chance to chat with media, meet with new supporters and long-time friends, and to once again be the first candidate to file for office when the doors swing open at 9am. We will congregate at County Elections at 275 W 10th Ave in Eugene to drink coffee, break crouissants together, talk about the strange days we live in, and discuss solutions to Lane County’s pressing problems and plan for a brighter future for rainy Oregon.

RSVP to:
(541) 606-8829

PM EVENT: Theater, Labor & Friends Party!

September 10th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
RSVP to Steve Coatsworth @ 541.606.8829 or

IN THE EVENING of September 10th, thespians, active labor leaders, and friends will meet at Sparky Roberts’ home from 6:00pm-8:00pm to enjoy food, drink, and watch short performances from our pool of talented local actors, many of whom are Pete’s constituents! Come meet the only progressive on the Board of Commissioners. Ask questions, learn a little about what’s happening in our community and what the Board is doing.

Judith “Sparky” Roberts’ attic stage is a great venue for watching performances.

Please RSVP at your earliest convenience to ensure we have enough for all of our guests.

RSVP to:
Steve Coatsworth
(541) 606-8829


Dear Friends,

Thank you for your support of me and my re-election campaign. The summer is almost over, believe it or not, and our campaign is off to the races. I ahve a campaign team and I am raising the finances necessary to run an early and aggressive campaign so I can lock up a solid win in May.

It costs about $30k-$40k to run all aspects of an uncontested, nonpartisan race and get the materials needed to win early and win big. It’s your early support that helped ready my campaign to win against my opponent that joined later in the race in 2012.

I want to remind you about the 100% tax-refundable Oregon Political Income Tax Credit that allows you to contribute up to $100 per houshold and $50 per individual and get it back on your State Tax return. It is our birthright as Oregonians to  dollar-for-dollar reduction. If you haven’t already done so, please put those dollars to work in our campaign by donating $100–or more–
through the link to our secure donation page below.

You can also make a contribution by mail:

Pete Sorenson Committee
PO Box 10836
Eugene, Oregon 97440

We can do this!


Run, Pete, Run (for County Commission)

Eugene Weekly

Article | | By Camilla Mortensen

“I’ve gotten better and better in the role of watchdog,” says Commissioner Pete Sorenson of his decision to run again for his long-time South Eugene seat on Lane County’s Board of Commissioners in the May 2016 primary.

The election might be more than a year away, but Sorenson has already begun lining up endorsements, from local politicians — Mayor Kitty Piercy — to legislators in Salem — Rep. Phil Barnhart.

Despite notRun Pete Run getting endorsements from state legislators in the May 2012 election, Sorenson beat opponent Andy Stahl 58 to 42 percent. Sorenson has held the commission seat since 1996.

In recent years, Sorenson as a liberal and progressive has found himself in the minority, but he says that as a “seasoned watchdog” he still has a role to play. “The issues don’t go away because of gerrymandering or campaign spending,” he says.

One issue that arose around the previous election was allegations that conservative Commissioner Jay Bozievich had pushed a redistricting plan that gerrymandered commission districts — altered the district boundaries to change their makeup and thus affect who is elected to represent those areas.

As a watchdog, Sorenson points to his criticisms of the way the conservative majority hired the county’s former, controversial administrator Liane (Richardson) Inkster without a search, in comparison to the open process that resulted in the hire of current Administrator Steve Mokrohisky, calling Mokrohisky a “consummate professional.”

In contrast, Inkster was fired after an investigation into unauthorized changes she made to her take-home pay.

Sorenson says, “I like my job,” and that he and Peter DeFazio are the only people being paid a “living wage” to help constituents in south Eugene as a full-time job. In addition to his roles in county governance and leadership, Sorenson says his constituent services have included working to increase pedestrian safety at crosswalks, dealing with garbage on 30th Avenue and helping a couple with their overseas adoption.

Looking ahead to the May 2015 election, Sorenson says if it passes, the proposed county vehicle tax would pay for road maintenance, not new construction, thanks to his watchdog role.

Sorenson will participate in two panels at the March 5-8 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, on legal ethics and on working with elected officials. More info at

You're Invited!

You’re Invited!

Plenty of upcoming events and you’ll be invited. Stay tuned. Feel free to email me on


Fall 2012 Voter’s Pamphlet Statement

The election is on November 6th 2012.

In the month of October, everyone will get mailed a voter’s pamphlet. Here is your chance to get a sneak peak at Pete’s statement.

County Commissioner, South Eugene, Position 3

Occupation: Lane County Commissioner

Occupational Background: Attorney in private practice; Small Business Owner; Adjunct Law Professor, Legislative Assistant to Congressman Jim Weaver (D-Oregon); Special Assistant to the US Secretary of Agriculture in Washington, DC; volunteer prosecutor

Educational Background: JD, School of Law; MA and BA, University of Oregon; AA, Southwestern Oregon Community College; diploma, North Bend High School

Family and Community Service: Husband; Parent; Board Chair; Lane Community College; Senior Companion Program Member; Kidsports Soccer; YMCA Basketball Coach; Elected Delegate, Democratic National Convention

Pete Sorenson-Principle above Politics

Funding public education, testifying in Congress for County forest payments for schools
Street repair, bike lanes, supporting mass transit
Incentives for small and sustainable businesses
Taxation based on ability to pay

Sorenson’s values are our values:
Protecting forests, land, air and water
Promoting access to health care by expanding Lane County’s health clinics
Protecting senior, mental health and public safety services
Promoting services for veterans, winning the “Going to Bat for Veterans” award

Sorenson’s proven Courage and Independence
Fought racial profiling, winning “Hometown Human Rights Hero” award
Fought for same sex health benefits for public employees
Fought for funding Central Latino Americano
Fought for equal pay for equal work, access to reproductive health care

Dear Lane County Neighbor:

With your help, support and encouragement we won an overwhelming primary victory against entrenched special interests. I am so proud of you for standing up to these forces and their powerful allies. I will continue to promote policies of economic, environmental, and social justice. As always, I pledge to place the public’s interest above special interests, putting principle above politics!

Pete Sorenson
YOUR Commissioner

P.S.  Contact me at home: 541-485-6726 or or at PO Box 10836, Eugene, Oregon 97740 or go to

(This information furnished by Pete Sorenson)

Pete Wins the Primary Election!

“Thanks so much for the outpouring of support. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. We won the election by a huge margin. The thugs really came out to hurt me over the past 17 months and I’m glad the great people of South Eugene voted so overwhelmingly for me. I’m honored and humbled by the support. Thanks to each and every one of you! Thanks for supporting family wage jobs, a clean environment, public services to help people, fairness and justice. Thanks.”   – Pete


Pete won the primary election however he still needs to win the general election.

The ballots are due for the general election at 8:00 pm on November 6, 2012. This is a non-partisan mail-in election, and everyone in South Eugene can vote. Ballots go out in October 2012.

Oregon Daily Emerald LTE: “Sorenson has experience as a progressive environmentalist”

From the Oregon Daily Emerald

“I met Pete Sorenson in the late 1980s. He was a practicing environmental attorney in a third-floor walk-up office bustling with law students. People were becoming disgusted with the grass-seed agricultural practice of burningharvested fields. Sorenson wrote a “field-burning ban” ballot initiative for us, which did not succeed in gathering enough signatures, but the movement proceeded to get a phase-down bill passed in the state legislature. Sorenson then worked with me and another plaintiff to begin the process of suing the first Bush Administration EPA for not promulgating the Clean Air Act regulation for particulate matter (PM10). The EPA wrote the regulation.

Then in the early 1990s, Sorenson gave me emergency free legal advice over the phone. Seneca timber company workers showed up with heavy equipment claiming they had access through our property to their recently purchased adjacent property. They threatened me with “idle equipment” and “labor time lost” costs, which could be thousands of dollars. Sorenson’s excellent advice absolved me of liability from their threats. My county records search revealed that Seneca and all timber companies had been prohibited from using our road access.

My confidence and admiration for Sorenson continued to grow after another Clean Air Act action. Sorenson may not remember, but I then encouraged him to run for public office. He has continued to stand for scientifically sound environmental principles and not deceive citizens as to what they are.

I do not know Andy Stahl as well. I did vote for him when he ran for Crow/Applegate/Lorane school board. Since this is the only elected office he has held, and he lost his bid for re-election, one wonders if this is a rousing endorsement.

My question for Stahl is this: if you aspired to the Board of Commissioners as an environmentalist and progressive democrat, why didn’t you run against Faye Stewart when you lived in our district? Why run against a fellow progressive environmentalist who has a long and outstanding record?”

-Jan Nelson

Eugene Weekly Endorses Pete Sorenson

“Sorenson has a good, long track record on the issues his south Eugene constituents care about — clean water, clean energy, local business, local (and union) jobs, human rights, saving schools, to name a few. His efforts to curb out-of-control logging, mining and other destructive practices have made him some enemies, but that doesn’t stop Sorenson from voting on the side of the little guy.”


Read More at Eugene Weekly


Oregon NARAL gives Sorenson “Green Light”

NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon has given a green light to Pete Sorenson for Lane county commissioner — an acknowledgement of Sorenson’s fully pro-choice record during his time in public service. Sorenson and Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy were the only officials in local government to receive an endorsement or green light from the organization.

“As an advocate for women’s health and equality for more than 20 years I am very pleased with this endorsement,” Sorenson said.

According to its website, NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon’s mission is to “develop and sustain a constituency which effectively uses the political process to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion.”

Blackberry Pie Society endorses Sorenson

The Pete Sorenson Campaign is pleased to announce that after intense review, the Blackberry Pie Society has decided to endorse Pete’s re-election campaign. The Blackberry Pie Society is dedicated to promoting good politics and great people in South Lane County and beyond, and having fun while doing it. Blackberry Pie society is a member of the Rural Organizing Project and is helping to advance democracy in Oregon.

Register-Guard LTE: “Lane County needs Sorenson, Handy”

From the Register-Guard

“Sorenson is needed as never before on the Lane County Board of Commissioners to withstand the firestorm flaming on the right that will lead to the degradation of our land, water and air in Lane County. Together with another strong voice on the board, Rob Handy, they will hold firm against runaway power grabs like the ones blistering from the right that maligned them in recent months, hoping to drive them from office.

I urge citizens in their districts to keep these two fine people on the board as a bulwark against the interests that will undermine the quality of life in our country.”


U.S. House of Representatives

Oregon 4th District, 1975-87