Dave Fidanque will retire this year after more than three decades with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Oregon. Fidanque worked as a TV reporter and congressional aide before opening the Eugene office as associate director for the ACLU of Oregon in 1982. He took the helm as executive director nine years later.
When Fidanque took over as executive director in the early 1990s, the Oregon Citizen’s Alliance was pushing local and statewide anti-gay ballot measures. His retirement announcement comes just a few months after the ACLU of Oregon joined Basic Rights Oregon and other organizations in celebrating a legal decision that legalized same-sex marriage in the state.
We’ll talk to Fidanque about the work he’s most proud of and what he still hopes to accomplish before he retires on March 31.