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Two New Commissioners Join Lane County Board

Two new Lane County Commissioners were sworn in Monday at the State of the County event.

Judge Debra Vogt: “I Heather Buch”
Heather Buch: “I Heather Buch”
Vogt: “I Joe Berney”
Joe Berney: “I Joe Berney”

Newly elected Heather Buch and Joe Berney represent east Lane County and Springfield respectively on the Board of Commissioners. After she was sworn in, Buch, who’s the only woman on the 6-member board, acknowledged she’s a new face.
“Diversity and inclusivity brings depth to the community and should be reflected in our elected offices.”
Buch encouraged other Lane County women to run for office. Berney spoke of his goals to work for hardworking families, sustainability and the well-being of the many over wealth of the few. In his state of the County address, Board Chair Jay Bozievich called the county strong and set a goal of putting an end to homelessness. A new board chair will be elected Tuesday. 
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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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