Here's a good analysis of political trends in Salem from my friend and fellow citizen activist Jim Scheppke, who posted this on Facebook. The days when this town was controlled by an overly conservative, keep-things-the-same, special-interest-favoring Mayor and City Council do indeed seem to be numbered.
I look forward to the time when Salem becomes progressive in the best sense of this term: creative, forward-looking, and fair-minded, with a commitment to making our city a great place to live for EVERYBODY -- not just a few.
"Salem has an undeserved reputation as being a conservative Republican city. Maybe it's because the Republicans took over our city government 14 years ago by reaching into their deep pockets.
We ended that this year when Progressive Salem elected three progressive Democrats to the City Council. Next year half of the City Council will be progressive Democrats. The mayor will be the swing vote. He's registered as a D but he got a lot of support from Rs in his campaign including an endorsement from the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce. It will be interesting to watch how he votes next year.
This year the Democrats in Salem increased their registration. A friend of mine who watches this closely tells me that now 40% of Salem voters are Democrats and only 31% are Republicans. 29% are registered with a minor party or are non-affiliated. Most of these voters tend to vote Democrat. I think the days when Republicans can get elected to local offices in Salem are over!"