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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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  • Joe Berney takes "housing first" approach to keep Springfield Affordable

    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.

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    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.


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  • Joe Berney's Statement on Lane County sanctions against Agrarian Ales


    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.


    Joe Berney


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  • Springfield City Councilor Leonard Stoehr endorses Joe Berney

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