Peter DeFazio endorses Joe Berney


Register Guard Endorses Berney






Springfield, OR – Lane County Commissioner Candidate Joe Berney has set Saturday, April 14, 2:30 p.m. for a town hall on healthcare at the United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters hall in Springfield. (2861 Pierce Pkwy, Springfield OR)

Sydney Shook from Springfield Non-profit NorthStar Pathways will be a guest speaker, and representing community and worker voices, Susan Bliven from SEIU Careworks.

Admission is free and open to the public.  Bring friends! Learn more about Joe's personal experience, ambitions for a healthier Lane County, and how we will make county government open, honest and inclusive.

“As a Lane County Commissioner, we have a vote on the board of public health. I will take that role seriously. We need to be proactive with preventative healthcare, so let’s start a conversation about bringing a universal healthcare model to Lane County,” said Joe Berney.

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"I know of no one more qualified."


I am an 87-year-old person and I am writing here as a witness. I have known Joe for three decades or more. I first met Joe some thirty odd years ago as he was Executive Director of The California Industry Education Council. Being a board member, was impressed with his ability to broker productive relationships between the disparate members of the council (Education, Industry, Union and Corrections). He was able to leverage the considerable force of the council in materially impacting how secondary high school student were prepared to succeed in entering the world of work. He was indeed a visionary and a doer. He turned good-ideas from being a noun to that of a verb!

Subsequently, Joe has had continued success, in both the private and public sectors as well as establishing his own successful private enterprise. I can say unequivocally, that in his work efforts, regardless, of where he was or what he was doing, he never lost site of the prize, that of social and economic justice for all! This not political hyperbole, this is Joe.

Since we all are the sum of our experiences, they dictate how we think and roll. I can't think of any person being more qualified for public service than Joe. He will serve this community admirably. Good luck my good brother.

-Ben Johnson, Oregon Black Pioneers Board Advisor

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Grupo Latino de Acción Directa of Lane County to Host Springfield Commissioner Candidate Forum



Grupo Latino de Acción Directa of Lane County to Host Springfield Commissioner Candidate Forum

Springfield Commissioner race to be decided in May Election

Springfield, OR –  Grupo Latino de Acción Directa of Lane County has set March 29 from 6 p.m. to 7:30p.m. for their Springfield County Commissioner Forum to be held at Springfield Public Library.

According to the U.S. Census, the Latinx community makes up more than 12.2% of Springfield residents, the largest minority voting bloc in Lane County.  The Latinx community was critical in 2016’s Springfield City Council race where Leonard Stoehr defeated Dave Ralston by more than 10% points - many of which votes were from the Latinx Community.

“I look forward to the candidate forum, I am excited at the opportunity to build a strong connection with the LatinX community in Springfield. I share their values and look forward to a discussion of county issues.” said Joe Berney in a prepared statement. “I look forward to a lively debate with my opponent.”

Berney’s campaign has earned the endorsement from nearly every group in the progressive pantheon. The Springfield Commissioner race is the most competitive race this cycle with big money weighing in on both sides. Berney boasts a small fundraising lead and favorable electoral demographics in a year where Democrats are flipping seats at all levels of government.

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I'm proud to be Springfield's Environmental Candidate



Thank you to the Sierra Club- Many Rivers Chapter, and the Oregon League of Conservation Voters for your support.

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