"People are struggling. Together, we can help." -James Barber 

I'm not a politician. I'm just a regular guy who decided to stand up and try to make a difference in this community.

We can get angry, march, and protest in an effort to influence our elected officials, or we can become them.

 Help elect a champion for:

  • Workers
  • Clean Renewable Energy
  • Small/Local Businesses
  • Public Safety Funding
  • Affordable Housing
  • Ending Homelessness
  • Single Payer Healthcare
  • Living Wages
  • and much, much more...

Together, we can make a difference! This campaign is about we the people. I reject corporate campaign donations and its influences, so you know I will represent the people. Big money and special interests will have no place in my campaign or this office. 

We can win with your support. Your small dollar donations are so important to this effort. Thank you for your support. 


Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • endorsed

    “James is a principled progressive, who learns the issues and then coherently explains his positions. I've watched as he interacts with different branches of the Democratic party and then earns their respect.”

  • endorsed

    “James Barber is a dedicated father, businessman and political activist. I've had the extreme pleasure of working along side James over the past year and can enthusiastically throw my full support behind him in his run. Lane County would be extremely lucky to have him. Matthew Rock Rock and Rock LLC Oregon CD2a Delegate”

  • endorsed

    “James and I worked together on Senator Sanders' presidential campaign. I have found him to be a calm, intelligent person who gives thoughtful consideration to issues and solutions. I am pleased to say that he has asked me to serve as treasurer for his campaign. I highly endorse James to be a Lane County Commissioner!”

  • endorsed

    “James is an outstanding organizer. He is dedicated to progressive values.”

  • endorsed

    “James Barber is a tireless worker who is a great listener and organizer. I endorse James Barber...... for Lane County Commissioner.”

  • endorsed

    “I wholeheartedly endorse James Barber for Lance County because he puts the welfare of people (from all walks of life) and the environment first, he has a big heart, and he knows how to get things done in the world of politics.”

  • endorsed

    “I fully endorse James Barber. I've been super impressed with his dedication, energy and drive to accomplish positive changes in our community, our county, our state and our country. Run, James, Run!”

  • endorsed

    “As soon as I heard James was running for Lane County commissioner I had one thing to say: How can I help? A true Berniecrat that raises honesty and integrity above everything else. Can't wait to vote for him.”

  • endorsed

    “James Barber is the real deal! He is working to make Democrat rhetoric a reality.”

  • endorsed

    “James understands that nothing is accomplished by one person. Instead, it is only by all of us working together that "we" are able to win the fights against corporate contributions, for living wages, for universal healthcare, and for a future that all of us want to live in.”

April 4, 2018

New Flyers!

Thanks to our wonderful supporters, we just got our new flyers in. We'll be dropping them off throughout the district in April, as our canvassing kicks in to high gear!

This is urgent! Donations this month will allow us to get a mailer out when ballots get mailed out April 26. We will be making a big push to finish out this campaign strong, fighting until the last day.

Donate here

Thanks for being an integral part of this campaign. We couldn't do it without you!

-James Barber

www.jamesbarber.vote

March 9, 2018

$5 Friday - The goal is 20 donations... Go!

As a campaign committed to only accepting individual donations, we rely on grassroots support from people like you. Small dollar donations, from many people, is how we fight back against big money and special interests. 

Our goal today is 20 small dollar donations. It’s $5 Friday. Let’s see the power of grassroots fundraising!

Current donations will help us pay for our next batch of literature. We need 15k flyers to hand out as we knock doors for the next two months. Our first batch is almost out, so this is a critical time to step up and help. 

Thank you all for being a part of this campaign to #FlipTheCommission and elect a strong progressive champion to Lane County’s Board of Commissioners. 

-James Barber

February 11, 2018

Volunteers needed! Less than 100 days until the election

This is exciting, we have less than 100 days until the election! It's time for volunteer canvassing and phone calling to kick in to high gear to reach the voters of this district. 

The incumbent has money flooding in from timber companies and other business interests throughout Lane County. We can counter that with People Power! 

We love your donations and they help us get material printed so we can reach more voters in a substantial way, but it's volunteer efforts that will make or break this campaign.

If you have an hour or two a week to help us get the word out, please check out this page to see how you might be able to help out.

Also, we are trying to schedule house parties for small to medium size get togethers of supporters and neighbors to have more personal discussions about how we can make Lane County a better place to live, work, and play. Let me know if you are interested in hosting a house party

Thanks to all for your support in this effort!

- James Barber

February 5, 2018

Officially Qualified for the Ballot!

We are officially qualified for the primary ballot in May!
I personally collected signatures from voters in all 23 precincts in the East Lane County Commissioner district. 
I am the only candidate for this position to file by petition signatures. 

Thank you all for your support!

#JamesBarberforLaneCounty 

Find out more about this campaign, sign up to volunteer, or donate a few bucks to help us win at our website: www.JamesBarber.vote

January 21, 2018

James Barber files petition signatures

Thursday, January 18, 2018, we filed our petition signatures to get on the ballot. We are awaiting validation of the signatures to officially secure a place on the ballot. Here is an excerpt from the press release:

Our region is made up of working families, and James Barber is the candidate for East Lane County Commissioner who can deliver with sustainable job development, infrastructure expansion, and an honest commitment to serving the people of East Lane County. 

A resident of Walterville, in order to get on the ballot, he traversed the East Lane County District and has personally collected signatures in each of its 23 precincts. This huge area includes Eugene’s Churchill neighborhood, south of W. 11th and east of Greenhill Road, including Cottage Grove, Creswell, Goshen, and then east beyond Oakridge, and north along the Cascades to the Northern border, where the district boundary turns West to the Willamette River, and includes Walterville and communities upriver of it, as well as Coburg, Marcola, and most of the Mohawk Valley. 

People are the foundation of James’ campaign. “Politics are about the people, and I am committed to truly representing the needs of all of us in East Lane County.” Said James. “I’ve walked in every precinct, knocking on doors, and listening to what the people are looking for in a county commissioner. I’m proud of being able to file for my candidacy with signatures because I believe that democracy is about the people choosing their representatives.”

James believes that every voter has a voice, and as an elected official he will listen. As a father and local real estate agent he believes that the County Commissioners have a moral duty to provide health and safety services to all while promoting a vibrant economy countywide., not special interests or large, out of state corporations. 

Thank you all for your contributions to help us get to this point. Please consider making a donation to help sustain this campaign and bring us one step closer to strong progressive representation that will fight for the issues that matter to you!

December 28, 2017

Volunteer sign up form is live

We're fighting for clean energy jobs, living wages, supportive housing for the homeless, increased public safety for our rural communities, mitigating climate change, and for people over profits.

 Can you volunteer for an hour or two a week to help this campaign? 

Check out our volunteer form here for opportunities to get involved: https://goo.gl/forms/ONIBfrxGi...

Also, this is the last chance to take advantage of the $50 political tax credit that Oregon offers. Any and all donations are very much appreciated and needed so we can be sure to get this message out to all the voters of this district. 

Thank you all for your support!

-James Barber for Lane County

December 21, 2017

Donate $50 at no cost to you?!

It's your fifty bucks. Use it or lose it.

Read more about how the Oregon tax credit works here:

http://oregontaxcredit.com

Make the most of your tax dollars AND help elect a strong progressive to Lane County Board of Commissioners. I would really appreciate any donation to help us engage this community and get out the vote. 

Donate $50, before the end of the year, to this campaign and it could be a direct credit against taxes you would otherwise owe. 

Donate here: www.jamesbarber.vote

Or here: www.crowdpac.com/c/JamesBarber...

Or send a check:

James Barber for Lane County

PO Box 597

Walterville, OR, 97489

#JamesBarberforLaneCounty 

December 15, 2017

Holiday update

Many thanks to all of our supporters. You’ve helped us tremendously already and it is very much appreciated. I hope you’re in the midst of a wonderful holiday season and you’re staying warm during these cold winter months. 

Speaking of cold, winter months, if you’re an Egan Warming Center volunteer your services are critical and you deserve a special thanks. For anyone wishing to help staff warming centers for the unhoused, the next training in Eugene is December 19th. Get in touch with me or look at my Facebook page for details on where/when. There’s been a number of cold days already and they desperately need more people trained and showing up for shifts to help ease the load. 

Now a campaign update. I’ve personally knocked over 1000 doors so far. I really enjoy this! Meeting so many people and  building the beginnings of a relationship as we discuss problems and problem solving in this county has really been an exciting journey. I look forward to continuing it through the election and I hope you’ll join me. 

We’ve passed over $5000 in fundraising so far thanks to folks like you. For a campaign built on small individual donations, your continued support is needed, whether it’s small monthly donations or volunteering in some capacity. 

If you are interested in volunteering, we have about 30 different ways to get engaged depending on what you would like to do. Can you commit an hour a week to helping this campaign? 3 hours or more? Whatever your availability, we would love to hear from you and get you plugged in. 

We have an amazing Volunteer Coordinator, Rebecca, who would love to speak with you. Please email the campaign or sign up to volunteer at our website www.JamesBarber.vote

Thanks, again, I hope we can connect soon!

-James Barber

#JamesBarberforLaneCounty 

October 10, 2017

Look out!

Thanks for following this campaign. We're now door knocking and gathering signatures to get on the ballot. Keep an eye out for us in your neighborhood! 

If you would like to canvass with James in your neighborhood, please get in touch with the campaign. 

Asking for money to fund this campaign isn't the most fun thing to do, but you will never see a doom and gloom, fear based email begging for a donation. We are excited, having fun, and believe a positive, issues based campaign will be successful. 

Remember, this campaign is people powered. We are running on individual donations only. Your support is critical! Donations help purchase literature to pass out as we canvass houses and table at events. They help us get voter data, run a website, travel throughout the district, and generally reach out to voters so they know about this election and why a vote for James is a vote for leadership they can trust to fight for progressive values with integrity.

Help me get the word out by donating or volunteering today. We really appreciate you being a part of this campaign. Be sure to spread the word. Share this on social media and talk to friends and family.

Vote James Barber for East Lane County Commissioner! 

September 10, 2017

It's official! We've filed with the county

I'm am now officially filed to run for East Lane County Commissioner, District 5. 

There's two options to qualify for the ballot now. Option 1: Pay the county $50 or

Option 2: Gather 307 signatures from at least 3 precincts in my district. 

If you've been following along at home, you know that I am a huge proponent of campaign finance reform. As such, I have pledged to only accept individual donations. No money from super PACs, corporations, or unions. 

Since I'm relying on your donations in order to provide signage and literature for canvassing, we're taking option 2 for the win! Only I'm not going to stop at 307 signatures. We'll just keep gathering signatures and talking to folks until the deadline to submit. 

Thanks for all of the support so far. Let's get this in gear and really accelerate the outreach to East Lane County. I'm excited to talk with people about how we can make Lane County a better place to live, work, and raise our families. 

If you have thoughts, ideas, or concerns I'd love to hear from you!

www.JamesBarber.vote

#JamesBarberforLaneCounty

February 13, 2017

A RAISE for Lane County

Many of the people of this district and all across this county, state, and country are struggling. It's time we start rebuilding trust in our elected officials and our government. We will start here, with this campaign for East Lane County commissioner. I propose a RAISE for Lane County.

RAISE means Reform, Accessibility, Integrity, Sustainability, and Equity.

Reform - bring back a government of, by and for the people

Accessibility - make your voice heard, transparency of process

Integrity - integrity in all decisions, we must be able to trust in our elected officials

Sustainability - of economic and social development and of natural resources, we must combat the massive income inequality that threatens economic stability and protect our natural resources

Equity - Whose government? OUR government! We must instill a sense of ownership in our government and make it one we can be proud of again

That's what this campaign is about and I ask for your support. Please, add your endorsement on my Crowd PAC page and on my Facebook page.

You can donate $5 right now to support this campaign by clicking here, or you can become a sustaining member of this campaign by setting up small automatic weekly or monthly donations here.

Thank you all for everything that you do in this political revolution. When we stand together, we win!

February 6, 2017

Let's keep going!

It's been a busy week! Meeting with leaders around the state last week left little time to campaign, but we took a few good strides in this attempt to bring about change locally. There was a great Listening Leads to Action event, Our Revolution Lane County had a well attended meeting, and Grassroots IMPACT took some steps in finalizing their structure in preparation for making an impact in the May elections this year. The number of people looking to get involved in their community right now is very heartening.

We are planning a campaign kickoff party for the end of this month. Keep an eye out for an invite!

We are also going to begin scheduling a listening tour throughout March. If you are interested in holding a small house party, please get in touch with the campaign at this link.

Our fundraising efforts have helped get business cards ordered and bumper stickers will be ordered shortly. With your help we can get yard signs and other literature.

Consider becoming a sustaining member of this campaign by setting up a small weekly or monthly donation through the end of the election. This campaign is funded by small personal donation, not corporations and special interests. Every little bit you can contribute will help us win and show that big money has no place in our elections!

Thank you to everyone who has contributed and helped this campaign by sharing with family and friends. When we stand together we can win!

January 23, 2017

Campaign kickoff for personal endorsements - Your feedback is requested

We've just launched our Crowd PAC campaign specifically to reach out for personal endorsements. Please take a moment and endorse this campaign. Share your thoughts, words of encouragement, your hopes and your expectations. The immediate feedback before this update was posted is so touching. Every word is read and appreciated. Thank you all for your support.

Coming soon will be a specific ask for a donation goal, in order to get campaign literature printed, yard signs, bumper stickers, stickers and pins.

January 22, 2017

Campaign created!

Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • endorsed

    “James is a principled progressive, who learns the issues and then coherently explains his positions. I've watched as he interacts with different branches of the Democratic party and then earns their respect.”

  • endorsed

    “James Barber is a dedicated father, businessman and political activist. I've had the extreme pleasure of working along side James over the past year and can enthusiastically throw my full support behind him in his run. Lane County would be extremely lucky to have him. Matthew Rock Rock and Rock LLC Oregon CD2a Delegate”

  • endorsed

    “James and I worked together on Senator Sanders' presidential campaign. I have found him to be a calm, intelligent person who gives thoughtful consideration to issues and solutions. I am pleased to say that he has asked me to serve as treasurer for his campaign. I highly endorse James to be a Lane County Commissioner!”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “James is an outstanding organizer. He is dedicated to progressive values.”

  • endorsed

    “James Barber is a tireless worker who is a great listener and organizer. I endorse James Barber...... for Lane County Commissioner.”

  • endorsed

    “I wholeheartedly endorse James Barber for Lance County because he puts the welfare of people (from all walks of life) and the environment first, he has a big heart, and he knows how to get things done in the world of politics.”

  • endorsed

    “I fully endorse James Barber. I've been super impressed with his dedication, energy and drive to accomplish positive changes in our community, our county, our state and our country. Run, James, Run!”

  • endorsed

    “As soon as I heard James was running for Lane County commissioner I had one thing to say: How can I help? A true Berniecrat that raises honesty and integrity above everything else. Can't wait to vote for him.”

  • endorsed

    “James Barber is the real deal! He is working to make Democrat rhetoric a reality.”

  • endorsed

    “James understands that nothing is accomplished by one person. Instead, it is only by all of us working together that "we" are able to win the fights against corporate contributions, for living wages, for universal healthcare, and for a future that all of us want to live in.”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse James Barber for Lane County because he is a progressive force to be reckoned with. A tireless, hard-working voice for positive change who is already making a difference here in Lane County and deserves your support. I have personally worked with James over the last six months on numerous issues and campaigns and causes that have all been efforts for social, racial, economic or climate justice for all of America. He has constantly showed skilled leadership, in-depth knowledge and a willingness to learn about issues and a remarkable ability to build team consensus on how to move forward with solutions to complex issues. He is working to engage and unite people who have been under represented and give us a seat at the table. He cares deeply about the policies set by government that impact Lane County average or below average residents. James will not let the status quo remain! Donate! Volunteer! Most importantly, get engaged and vote for James Barber 2018!”

  • endorsed

    “James Barber is a TRUE Servant Leader. He is not a political climber who says the proper Progressive soundbites in order to achieve personal gain. James truly believes in Progressive values and works through and with multiple organizations to improve the lives of ordinary folks who are struggling under the yoke of neoliberalism. James is a person of action and his actions match his words. He is smart, well-read, and has the common sense and compassion required to meet the needs of a diverse population. James is a dedicated friend and colleague who is not afraid to go against the grain; we’ve had some terrific and passionate disagreements throughout which James was articulate and respectful. James is an excellent listener and I believe that to be one of the most useful – and rare – skills for anyone seeking public office. He LISTENS … he does not merely sit quietly while others talk. He actively engages in the art of listening – with an open heart and an open mind. James is powerful in his convictions; chief among them is the power of WE. James Barber will be a powerful voice for We the People.”

  • endorsed

    “It is my honor to endorse James Barber for Lane County Commissioner. In the time that I have worked with James I have been continually impressed and inspired by his perceptive insight, tireless energy and solid commitment to positive change. I have found James to be a fair and compassionate powerhouse who is well matched to the task of guiding Lane County toward a brighter future. James Barber is a candidate we can trust and a candidate we can count on. Mark your calendars to vote for him in the May 16, 2017 special elections!”

  • endorsed