Running on such a platform failed to get him a majority vote. But that didn’t stop him from running in the 1976 town council race. This time he won. When Eyraud entered the 1980 mayoral race, his appeal to voters in the pages of The desert sun included this statement:
“I CARE. Many of you care too, but we need to care more. Above all, we need to demonstrate, each of us individually, a pride in our community. The greatest asset of any organization is the spirit of its employees, the will to win and the courage to work. If elected mayor, I will continue to work diligently to help Desert Hot Springs realize its full potential.
Eyraud came second but continued to be present in the community and in 1982 and 1986 ran for city council, each time winning another four-year term. Among his civic appointments, he served on the board of directors of the Desert Hot Springs Tourism Authority until its dissolution in 1989. Then-mayor Daniel Been wrote to Eyraud, acknowledging the value of having a passionate, if sometimes abrasive, citizen involved in community affairs.
“You have been an eloquent voice for local businesses, and I hope you will continue to speak out,” Been wrote. “We need and can benefit from intelligent dissent and debate. Please stay involved. We need you.”