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Sally Nunn

"I come from a long line of Republicans," says Sally Nunn, who studied art and minored in war protests at the UO. "But I was a beatnik. I was a member of SDS until I heard the president say, 'The women will bring cookies to the next meeting.'" Originally a country girl from Indiana, Nunn remained in Oregon to enjoy the outdoor life. She served on the Sierra Club's High Desert Committee during the campaign to save Steen's Mountain, but otherwise stayed out of politics for 20 years while she ran her plant maintenance business, Dr Greenthumb. She sold the business in 2000 and found work as project manager for the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza. "It was a totally different experience," says Nunn, who also worked for state rep Phil Barnhart on two successful election campaigns. "I got to know the forces at work in the legislature." Nunn is currently political chair for the local Sierra Club and a steering committee member for the local Oregon League of Conservation Voters. She will host a "Red, White, and Blues Jam" to benefit OLCV in her west Eugene yard on September 16.

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photograph and story by Paul Neevel

Eugene Weekly / 31 August 2006

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