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!
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
JOE BERNEY TO HOLD TOWN HALL ON UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE
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.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/565322490512914/
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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