Local Doctor Organizes Teen Suicide Prevention Summit

Teen suicide rates have increased at an alarming pace. It is the 2nd highest cause of deaths among teens. The Board of Commissioners is engaged with our partners around the region and the state to uncover causes and develop preventative solutions to put an end to these tragic deaths. I am committed to actively working to find solutions to this sad and scary trend.
— Sid Leiken

LTE Submitted to the Register Guard by Tim Freeman, Douglas County Commissioner


I have known Sid Leiken for more than 20 years.  Sid grew up in Douglas County and his roots run deep in both Lane and Douglas County.   We have served together as elected officials in Associated Oregon Counties since I was elected to the Douglas County Board of Commissioners in 2014.  

On October 1, 2015 Douglas County residents experienced a horrific tragedy when a lone gunman ended the lives of 9 people and wounded 8 others at Umpqua Community College.  Our community was rocked to the very core.  Immediately Commissioner Leiken reached out to us in Douglas County.  He was there to provide support, comfort, leadership and strength.  Sid did this totally behind the scenes.  He was not there to attract attention to himself but rather to provide support and care in one of the most difficult times in our community’s history.  Sid’s compassion was incredibly important for me personally at such a difficult time.

I share this story with you the citizens of Springfield and Lane County to provide some insight into your commissioner.  I proudly support Sid Leiken for the Springfield District 2 Board position and urge you to re-elect him as your commissioner.

-Tim Freeman, Douglas County Commissioner 

The Springfield Renaissance

"The Springfield Renaissance", Eugene Weekly, 4/05/2018 

I am proud of the efforts that Springfield has put forth in making our downtown a destination point. Improving the safety and generating new business has long since been a focus for us. I am proud to be a part of such an industrious and successful endeavor.
— Sid Leiken

Read more about the revitalization of Springfield in the Eugene Weekly.