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Oregon Primary brings two possible new faces to County Commissioner's Board

The unofficial results show that Buch and incumbent Gary Williams are currently neck-and-neck, each capturing around 31 percent of the vote. Neither grabbed more than 50 percent, so they'll likely head to the November ballot for a run-off.

LANE COUNTY, Ore. - Following the Oregon Primary Elections on Tuesday, Jay Bozievich appears to have beaten Nora Kent for another term as Lane County Commissioner.

The other two Commissioner seats up for grab, however, could be filled by newcomers.

Nothing is official until the votes are certified in June, but the Board of County Commissioners could be seeing two new faces, and neither have held an elected position before.

Heather Buch is in line for the seat in District Five in East Lane County, and Joe Berney for District 2 in Springfield.

The unofficial results show that Buch and incumbent Gary Williams are currently neck-and-neck, each capturing around 31 percent of the vote. Neither grabbed more than 50 percent, so they'll likely head to the November ballot for a run-off.

Buch is a small business owner, and she says that she wants to create more jobs, improve safety in rural Lane County and tackle the housing crisis, an area she has experience in as a Special Projects Director with St. Vincent De Paul.

"Developing systems for not only vulnerable communities, but bringing services and coordinating a lot of governmental agencies together," said Buch. "Which is similar to what we can do at a county level, and I can advocate for those on a greater platform."

Meanwhile, Berney appears to have edged out long-time commissioner Sid Leiken for the Springfield Commissioner seat. Leiken first took office in 2011.

Berney is a retired owner of a solar construction company, and he says he is committed to creating more jobs in Springfield. One way he says he'll do that is by creating community workforce agreements.

"That would specify that they go to local businesses, local contractors, local hires, prevailing wages, and a rising tide lifts all boats," said Berney.

Berney says he also wants to rescind the pay raise that County Commissioners gave themselves, and be more transparent to the public.

Berney says that Leiken congratulated him on the win, but again, nothing is official until the results are certified on June 4th.


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