Since taking office in 2019, Lane County Commissioner Heather Buch has been a steady leader through the COVID-19 pandemic and the region’s devastating Holiday Farm Fire. She has delivered for her rural and small-town constituents. Lane County has increased funding to rural emergency services – the county’s biggest public safety investment since 2014 – without raising taxes. Heather followed the science and helped local businesses move towards a COVID-19 recovery, and she used money from the American Rescue Plan Act to invest in behavioral health services. She continues to be a strong advocate for expanding housing options, rural broadband, and the Climate Action Plan which will create green jobs and prioritize sustainable forest management.