We fought hard and we came up short. Any donations made now will go to paying off campaign debt. Thank you all for your help along the way. We fought a good fight and helped keep the focus on the issues that matter. 


"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 wise, activated, 100% committed to We the People , brilliantly aware of what's Happening locally and nationally and knows what to do next.”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse James because we share similar values. Lane county is lucky to have him.”

  • endorsed

    “I support James Barber for Lane County because he is the real deal! James is a true blue progressive leader who is actively working to be the change he wants to see in the world. If you live in Lane County, please vote for James.”

  • endorsed

    “I support James Barber for Lane County Commissioner because I know that the people of Lane County could not find someone more willing to fight for and serve them. James will never stop working for you because he is a true servant leader.”

  • endorsed

    “Because he is one of the few canadaites I have met that is willing to take the needs for People with Disabilities seriously! James Barber is also an advocate for sustainability and better practices.”

  • endorsed

    “I worked with James on Bernie Sander's campaign. I was impressed by how he is smart, levelheaded and fair. He understands the issues and is committed to work hard on behalf of those he serves.”

  • endorsed

    “The Progressive Ballot proudly endorses James Barber for East Lane County Commissioner. Good luck James”

  • endorsed

    “I support James Barber for Lane County because James is a hard working Democrat who wants to have local government truly represent all of its citizens.”

  • endorsed

    “James proves himself to be compassionate, engaged and invested in improving the lives of those around him. He's working to give people a voice in how the county works so that everyone feels that their government is working for them.”

  • endorsed

    “James Barber has dedicated his time and energy ceaselessly since the great wave of Bernie Sander's candidacy brought so many citizen activists to the public arena. James's natural leadership emerged over the course of this last year and sets an example for all of us! I know he will serve Lane County tirelessly as well from a firmly progressive point of view that reflects the political make up of our county.”

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!

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

  • endorsed

    “James is wise, activated, 100% committed to We the People , brilliantly aware of what's Happening locally and nationally and knows what to do next.”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse James because we share similar values. Lane county is lucky to have him.”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “I support James Barber for Lane County because he is the real deal! James is a true blue progressive leader who is actively working to be the change he wants to see in the world. If you live in Lane County, please vote for James.”

  • endorsed

    “I support James Barber for Lane County Commissioner because I know that the people of Lane County could not find someone more willing to fight for and serve them. James will never stop working for you because he is a true servant leader.”

  • endorsed

    “Because he is one of the few canadaites I have met that is willing to take the needs for People with Disabilities seriously! James Barber is also an advocate for sustainability and better practices.”

  • endorsed

    “I worked with James on Bernie Sander's campaign. I was impressed by how he is smart, levelheaded and fair. He understands the issues and is committed to work hard on behalf of those he serves.”

  • endorsed

    “The Progressive Ballot proudly endorses James Barber for East Lane County Commissioner. Good luck James”

  • endorsed

    “I support James Barber for Lane County because James is a hard working Democrat who wants to have local government truly represent all of its citizens.”

  • endorsed

    “James proves himself to be compassionate, engaged and invested in improving the lives of those around him. He's working to give people a voice in how the county works so that everyone feels that their government is working for them.”

  • endorsed

    “James Barber has dedicated his time and energy ceaselessly since the great wave of Bernie Sander's candidacy brought so many citizen activists to the public arena. James's natural leadership emerged over the course of this last year and sets an example for all of us! I know he will serve Lane County tirelessly as well from a firmly progressive point of view that reflects the political make up of our county.”

  • endorsed

    “I feel honored to endorse James Barber because I believe his ideas and solutions align with the majority of residents of Lane County. James is loyal and his hardwork for social and economic justice is outstanding.”

  • endorsed

    “James is a tireless worker and a great advocate for unheard people. He will listen and absorb ideas from everyone and then make good decision. No one could ask for a better elected official.”

  • endorsed

    “James Barber has a way of bringing people together to work on solving problems. James puts in 110% in everything he does and is a tireless worker on behalf of improving the lives of people.”

  • endorsed

    “James is a smart, thoughtful and level-headed leader who will go that extra mile to make sure the people he represents will be heard. James' abilities to listen, organize and advocate are invaluable skills in an effective public servant. We need a new kind of politics, one that puts the needs of ordinary people first and one that inspires and gets people engaged and involved, and that is why I endorse James Barber for Lane County.”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “James Barber will make a fine Lane County Commissioner. He is a man of principles, integrity, empathy, and kindness. He is a firm believer in voting the will of the people and will put We the People over any personal agenda. James will not compromise his values or vision for personal gain. James will not fall into the trap of politics as usual. James brings the patience of a father, the knowledge of a wonk, the experience of a small-business owner, and the organizing strategy of an activist. I wholeheartedly endorse James Barber for this position and cannot speak highly enough of this Progressive candidate. Lane County would do well to Vote James Barber for Lane County Commissioner.”

  • endorsed

    “I support James because he will fight for the common citizen and those who have no voice.”

  • endorsed

    “I know he will fight for working families.”

  • endorsed