Register Guard - Aug. 30, 2016
SPRINGFIELD — Lane County Republicans have a new headquarters, at least through the November election.
The local party opened a 1,700-square-foot office in leased space on Pioneer Parkway in Springfield earlier this month. The space is in a strip mall just north of Highway 126 near a Walgreens and a First Tech Credit Union branch.
Cindy Land, chairwoman of the Lane County Republican Party, said the office is leased through Nov. 30. After the election, on Nov. 8, party officials will decide whether they want — and can afford — to keep the office permanently, she said. The property is owned by Skyview LLC., a Utah-based property management company.
The Lane County GOP has struggled with in-fighting and a lack of funding in recent years, operating in what is one of the most liberal counties in the state.
The party moved out of its longtime home on Coburg Road in Eugene in early 2014, because the property owner wanted to sell or redevelop the site, Land said. It briefly rented office space on South A Street in Springfield afterward, but “it wasn’t a good fit,” she said.
The local party has operated without an office for almost two years.
“We’ve been in a transition process,” Land said. “In between elections, there wasn’t such a need to rush out and find a space. That didn’t seem like the best use of resources.”
The new office, staffed by volunteers, will be open at first between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Additional hours may be added as Election Day approaches.
Information, brochures, yard signs, buttons, T-shirts and hats are available there for Republicans running for national, statewide and local political posts.
“In the next 60 days, it’s critical to have an actual headquarters where people can come to pick up their gear and to volunteer,” Land said. “We’ve been getting lots of calls from people who want Trump/Pence gear, but we didn’t have a place to distribute it from.”