September 12 was the first official date for candidates to file for the May 20, 2014 City Council and Board of Commissioners primary elections.
Two of Marion County’s three County Commissioner seats are up for reelection next year, Position 1 and Position 2. Oregon Representative Kevin Cameron (R,) declared on September 12th that he would be running to fill the Position 1 slot, left by retiring Commissioner Patti Milne.
Ward 5 City Councilor, Diana Dickey, is “seriously considering” opposing Cameron in the “Position 1” contest, but has yet to make a final decision. Dickey says the open seat “leaves an opportunity to bring new leadership with a vision for the future that is not clouded by Courthouse Square… and holds to the true values and ethics that the voters of Marion County expect from their elected officials.”
County Commissioner Janet Carlson, currently occupying “Position 2,” has not made her decision yet, either. Carlson promises “an announcement in early October.”
Several current Salem City Council members have stated their desire to run again. The first is Mayor Anna Peterson, who recently announced that she would seek another term. Ward 1 City Councilor Chuck Bennett reports that he “will be actively supporting the reelection” of Mayor Peterson.
Ward 6 Councilor Sheryl Thomas has decided to run for her second term. Councilor Laura Tesler of Ward 2 has not made a decision yet, and two Councilors, Ward 4’s Rich Clausen and Ward 8’s Dan Clem, did not return our query about their candidacy by press time.
Rumors abound this time of year. We’ve learned that city councilor Warren Bednars, a possible contender for mayor, will not be running. Not as far as I know!” he says.
Final decisions on local government will be made on November 5, 2014, Election Day.