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Candidates for District 2 on Lane County Board of Commissioners face off in forum

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Springfield City Club Facebook page
Tiffany Edwards (top left) moderated the forum with Lane County Commissioner Position 2 candidates David Loveall (top right), and Joe Berney (bottom left).

Candidates for the seat representing Springfield on the Lane County Board of Commissioners got prickly with each other during an online forum Thursday.

Incumbent Joe Berney, a retired business owner, faces challenger David Loveall. Loveall, a businessman and pastor, said his three priorities are public safety, increased timber production, and mental health.

“And the reason mental health is important to me—street level help for wellness first and housing earned,” Loveall said. “That’s the three priorities for me that I would like to institute as the county commissioner for Springfield.”

Berney also prioritized Public Safety, touting his support for the hiring of additional Sheriff’s detectives. He said his other priorities include

“Continued development under our community benefits agreement, hiring local, investing locally and mental health,” he said.

On homelessness, Loveall called the housing first approach a flawed model, while Berney said the county can do more to provide housing subsidies. They also disagreed on issues around climate change and timber revenue. The primary election is on May 17th.

The candidate forum was presented by the Springfield City Club and Lane County League of Women Voters.

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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.