Lucy Vinis

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Lucy Vinis
Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis (51202389382).jpg
Vinis in 2021
Mayor of Eugene
Assumed office
January 9, 2017
Preceded byKitty Piercy
Personal details
Born1952/1953 (age 69–70)
Political partyDemocratic[1]
SpouseLawrence Vinis (died 2008)[2][3]

Lucy Vinis (born 1952/53)[4] is an American politician. She was elected mayor of Eugene, Oregon, in 2016,[4][5] and started her term in January 2017.


Vinis is a graduate of Kenyon College in Ohio and earned master's degrees from the University of Maryland and the University of Michigan.[2]


Her position as mayor of Eugene is her first time in public office. She is a member of the Democratic Party.

During the May 2020 George Floyd protests in Eugene, the city's police injured a reporter from the Eugene Weekly who was documenting the demonstrations, who in turn filed a lawsuit against the city.[6] Subsequently, six protestors also sued the City and the Eugene Police Department for gassing, shooting them with rubber bullets, and arresting them in a way that allegedly violated their civil rights.[7]

On July 27, 2020, after the Eugene City Council deadlocked at 4-4 on a vote to refer a measure allowing STAR voting to be used in city elections to the November 2020 ballot, Vinis cast the deciding vote against the referral.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Vinis has lived in Eugene since 1991. She has worked for non-profit organizations in Eugene, including EarthShare of Oregon, Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides, and ShelterCare.[2]

Electoral history[edit]

Eugene, Oregon Mayor Primary Election, May 17, 2016
Party Candidate Votes %
Non-Partisan Lucy Vinis 28,010 52.51
Non-Partisan Mike Clark 19,976 37.45
Non-Partisan Bob Cassidy 2,283 4.28
Non-Partisan Scott Landfield 1,762 3.30
Non-Partisan Stefan G. Strek 1,003 1.88
Non-Partisan Write-ins 306 0.57
Eugene, Oregon Mayor Primary Election, May 19, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Non-Partisan Lucy Vinis 32,193 66.98
Non-Partisan Thomas Hiura 4,952 10.30
Non-Partisan Stacy Westover 2,936 6.11
Non-Partisan Zondie Zinke 2,456 5.11
Non-Partisan Robert Patterson 1,552 3.23
Non-Partisan Matthew Yook 1,490 3.10
Non-Partisan Ben Ricker 1,224 2.55
Non-Partisan Write-ins 1,258 2.62


  1. ^ Russo, Edward (September 9, 2015). "Vinis starts mayor campaign". The Register-Guard.
  2. ^ a b c d "Meet Lucy - Lucy Vinis". Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Lawrence H. Vinis's Obituary on Eugene Register-Guard". Register-Guard. July 22, 2008.
  4. ^ a b Hill, Christian (May 18, 2016). "Eugene's next mayor: Vinis". The Register-Guard.
  5. ^ Kintner, Hannah (May 18, 2016). "Eugene voters elect Lucy Vinis mayor".
  6. ^ "Reporter shot with chemical munitions during Eugene protest suing city, police". July 22, 2020. Retrieved August 1, 2020.
  7. ^ "EPD, City Sued for Protest Response". August 6, 2020. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  8. ^ "Death STAR". July 29, 2020. Retrieved August 1, 2020.

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