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Commissioner candidates debate in Springfield

The two candidates are current County Commissioner Sid Leiken and challenger Joe Berney.

Posted: Apr 26, 2018 6:25 PM
Updated: Apr 26, 2018 6:45 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- The Springfield City Club hosted a debate between the two candidates running for the Lane County Commissioners District 2 seat.

The debate was held in a packed conference room in the Hilton Garden Inn. 

The two candidates are current County Commissioner Sid Leiken and challenger Joe Berney.

Leiken has been a commissioner since 2010, and was reelected to his second term in 2014. Before becoming commissioner, he was the mayor of Springfield.

Berney was a high school teacher, who has also owned and operated several businesses in the area.

KEZI spoke to both candidates who believe they have the skills to serve Lane County.

"I represent hope for everyone, not just donator interest,” Berney said. “I represent the real concerns for healthcare for everyone, for prevailing wages, for affordable housing and I will make those priorities."

“I think what you'll find from me is proven, steadfast leadership,” said Leiken. “I’m pragmatic, I really believe working with and really working from a collaborative approach."

Candidates took questions from the audience including how they would address hate crimes, develop the economy and work with the City of Springfield.

In Lane County, if a candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary, they can run unopposed in the November election.
The primary is on May 15th.

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