It's time for a change. Let's get serious about Springfield.
Springfield is my home. I’ve raised three kids, enjoy two grandchildren, and have a wonderful wife. I've experienced life’s challenges, losses, mistakes, accomplishments, triumphs, and joys just like anyone else who’s lived a hard-working life. I'm running because I have the experience, capacity, and know-how to make a difference for Springfield.
Wages in our area are too low, well below the state and national average. Unemployment is above the rest of the state and nation. If someone works full time, they should be able to provide a good life for themselves and their family.
During the last 6 years my business, ReNewAll, has originated and secured financing for over $120M in clean energy construction projects that pay prevailing wages and hire locally. I have practical experience creating living-wage jobs.
Kids need to be connected to a working future full of hope and opportunity. As a private citizen, I have generated over $7M for job training, school-to-work programs, and mentoring for Lane County youth. In the nineties, I created hundreds of work-based learning opportunities in businesses, non-profits, and government for local youth which translated into first jobs for many of them.
Sometimes folks fall upon hardships and need assistance to get back on their feet. We've all been there in one way or another. It’s the job of our elected officials to make sure resources and support are available for people to help themselves and those around them. I take this very seriously.
When I learned that our commissioners gave themselves a fat raise while stiffing their workers and communities, I knew enough was enough!
My platform is simple: to increase transparency, create good jobs, prioritize health care and housing, attract the right kind of investment, develop programs that give struggling residents a leg up, and make our neighborhoods safer.
There is real, challenging work ahead. Together, we can make Springfield a place where everyone has a fair shot to succeed. VOTE Joe Berney for Lane County Commissioner!
Thank you to the Sierra Club- Many Rivers Chapter, and the Oregon League of Conservation Voters for your support.
Springfield is facing a housing crisis. It has been ten years since a market rate apartment complex has been built in Springfield. It's time for a change. We need to build moderate, low, and no-income housing immediately.
AS FILING DAY PASSES, CHALLENGER JOE BERNEY EARNS NUMEROUS HIGH PROFILE ENDORSEMENTS
Springfield Commissioner race to be decided in May Election
Springfield, OR – Lane County Commission Candidate Joe Berney stands as the lone challenger to Sid Leiken in a May election showdown. Berney’s campaign website lists endorsements from a solid coalition which includes the Democratic Party, Working Families Party, NARAL PRO-CHOICE Oregon, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Ironworkers, Advanced Energy Systems, Sierra Club, Mountain Rose Herbs, and a host of other businesses, labor organizations, environmental groups, and local officials. Current Commissioner Leiken is facing his toughest re-election effort to date, after losing the republican nomination for Secretary of State, and multiple scandals at Lane County government. Fundraising on both sides appears to be ramping up. Berney boasts a large campaign war chest and his Facebook page demonstrates he is inspiring a large group of young, energetic volunteers.
“This campaign will be won with people-power and old-fashioned shoe leather.” Said Joe Berney in a prepared statement. “It’s time for a change. Springfield needs a candidate that understands housing, education, local economic development and will fight for our fair share.”
March 6 marked the filing deadline for the Lane Commissioner race. It’s a non-partisan position, but the current makeup of the board is 4-1 Republican. Democrats outnumber Republicans county wide and hold a sizeable registration advantage in the Springfield district. The race will surely be close.
In a speech to the Democratic Party of Lane County, Berney declared. “Independents, Democrats and working families across the nation are winning races at all levels of government. Nationwide, we see a wholesale rejection of Trump’s agenda. Sid Leiken campaigned for Trump. He does not stand with us.”
Partial List of Endorsements
NARAL-PRO Choice Oregon
Sierra Club, Many Rivers Group
Democratic Party of Lane County
Oregon League of Conservation Voters
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 280, and 48
Advanced Energy Systems
Mountain Rose Herbs
AFSCME Local 2831, and Council 75
United Food And Commercial Workers 555
Heat and Frost Insulators Local 36
Service Employees International Union Local 503 and 49
Joint Council of Teamsters No. 37
Painters and Allied Trades
Plumbers and Steamfitters
Oregon Working Families Party
Springfield City Councilors Leonard Stoehr and Sheri Moore
Lane County Commissioner Pete Sorenson
Former Commissioners Bill Dwyer, Jerry Rust
LCC Board Member Phil Carrasco
LCC Board Member Matt Keating
Springfield School Board Member Emilio Hernandez
and many many more.
A wonderful Lane County venue, Agrarian Ales, was the site of former Springfield Commissioner Bill Dwyer's birthday party last summer. The party had great food and brews at a beautiful outdoor setting. I enjoyed the outing and would highly recommend a visit. That is, if Lane County government gets out of the way.
I couldn't believe it when I read Agrarian Ale's call for community support last weekend. Apparently after 5 years of operation, Lane County officials randomly but effectively closed down Agrarian Ales for no real reason, and no Commissioners have weighed in. This lack of action demonstrates that small businesses are not a priority for incumbent commissioners.
I call on on the current commissioners to work with small businesses like Agrarian Ales and remove these arbitrary roadblocks to success.
(See more at https://agales.com/blog/a-call-for-community-support).
This example highlights our current commissioners tone deafness. It's time for a change. That is why I am running for Lane County Commissioner District 2 (Springfield). I have owned small businesses, believe in small business, and will support local small business if elected.