Two Seats Up For Election On Springfield City Council

May 13, 2020

Springfield has two city council seats up for a vote in the upcoming primary election.

Due to COVID-19, what would have been an in-person debate for Ward 3 candidates became a Zoom interview with the City Club of Springfield.
Credit Rachael McDonald, screenshot

Ward 3 includes “middle Springfield” just east of downtown. Incumbent Sheri Moore is not running again. There are three people vying for the seat. Johanis Tadeo grew up in Springfield. He’s the director of SAFER, Springfield Alliance for Equity and Respect. At a City Club of Springfield forum, he said he wants to unify the city.

Tadeo: “My focus is to make sure all residents in Springfield, including Latinx, underrepresented and marginalized folks feel like their voices are being heard in the chambers.”

Tadeo describes himself as a community activist. So does Kris McKalister, who was born in Springfield. He says he’s a 3rd generation Springfielder and 4th generation Oregonian. He’s an advocate for the unhoused with the non-profit Carry it Forward.

McKalister: “And I would like to take that expertise and be able to apply it to our needs in Springfield. We have a housing crisis. We have jobs that are needed to be filled and we have industries that need to be revitalized.”

Kori Rodley is with United Way of Lane County and has 20 plus years experience in managing non-profits. She says she’s running to represent Ward 3 and all of Springfield.

Rodley: I believe my diverse experiences, my collaborative and effective problem solving, and my common sense approach to finding workable solutions is what our communities need during these challenging times.”

The other open seat represents Ward 6, which includes the Thurston area in East Springfield. Joe Pishioneri is the incumbent. He owns Security Solutions LLC. He’s also a retired Lane County sheriff’s deputy. Pishioneri cites his experience and ability to work with everyone and says he is a voice for common sense solutions. 

Joe Pishioneri is running to keep his Ward 6 seat on the Springfield City Council
Credit Joe Pishioneri
Greg Ybarra is running for the Ward 6 seat on the Springfield City Council.
Credit Springfield voters pamphlet

His challenger Gregg Ybarra, is co-owner of Hearing Associates (a KLCC underwriter) and Ybarra Properties. He says he wants to support small businesses and make Springfield safer.

The deadline to vote in the primary is May 19th at 8 p.m.

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