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Heather Buch Elected To The Lane County Board of Commissioners

Brian Bull

Lane County voters elected progressive candidate Heather Buch to the Board of Commissioners. She challenged incumbent Gary Williams to represent eastern Lane County on the board.

Buch tells KLCC housing affordability is an important issue she’d like to work on.
“I think we need a lot more collaboration, a lot of parties coming to the table, and say, okay, let’s get the job done. Let’s find every tool that we’ve got.” Buch says, “But if we’re not engaging and making sure everybody’s talking with eachother and collaborating effectively, then, with that, I know that we can find some solutions.”

Credit Tiffany Eckert
Buch and her daughter celebrate a win on election night.

Buch will the only woman on the five-person Lane County Board of Commissioners.
Gary Williams was appointed to the board after Faye Stewart retired.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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