We recently asked Salem residents on Liberty Street and in South Salem if they knew who Salem’s mayor was, and if they knew who was running in May to replace her. We also wondered what issues they hoped the city would prioritize after the election.

We were surprised that so many younger people were unaware of the name of their city’s top elected official, or candidates who have been running to take her job.

We enjoyed the range of good ideas Salem people have as the city moves forward.

 Randy B. Doesn’t know who mayor or mayoral candidates are. “I think downtown parking taxes are ridiculous for small downtown business owners. There should be a better system.”

Randy B.
Doesn’t know who mayor or mayoral candidates are.
“I think downtown parking taxes are ridiculous for small downtown business owners. There should be a better system.”

 

Vedika C. Doesn’t know mayor or mayoral candidates. I have no issues.

Vedika C. Doesn’t know mayor or mayoral candidates. I have no issues.

 

 Brian H. Knows who mayor and one mayoral candidate are. “This is a well-run city and I have no complaints.”

Brian H. Knows who mayor and one mayoral candidate are. “This is a well-run city and I have no complaints.”

 

Maria F. Doesn’t know mayor or mayoral candidates. “We need better street lighting in all neighborhoods, not just a few.”

Maria F. Doesn’t know mayor or mayoral candidates. “We need better street lighting in all neighborhoods, not just a few.”

 

Miles M. Doesn’t know who mayor is, knows one mayoral candidate. “Our mass transportation is not very good, not like Portland. I own a small downtown business, and busses don’t even run on weekends. So my customers can’t get downtown to spend any money on the weekends.”

Miles M. Doesn’t know who mayor is, knows one mayoral candidate. “Our mass transportation is not very good, not like Portland. I own a small downtown business, and busses don’t even run on weekends. So my customers can’t get downtown to spend any money on the weekends.”

 

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Amy S. Knows present mayor, doesn’t know either mayoral candidate. “I would like to see lead testing in our air and water.”

 

 Don U. Knows current mayor and both mayoral candidates. “I would like to see increased funding for the library and parks. These services yield rich dividends in civic pride and community – values needed in these days of anger and division.”

Don U. Knows current mayor and both mayoral candidates. “I would like to see increased funding for the library and parks. These services yield rich dividends in civic pride and community – values needed in these days of anger and division.”

 

Miranda B. Doesn’t know mayor or mayoral candidates, “We need better cleanliness downtown and more police enforcement so I feel safe alone downtown.

Miranda B. Doesn’t know mayor or mayoral candidates, “We need better cleanliness downtown and more police enforcement so I feel safe alone downtown.

 

Maria F. Doesn’t know mayor or mayoral candidates. “We need better street lighting in all neighborhoods, not just a few.”

Karen F. Knows current mayor, doesn’t know either mayoral candidate. “Traffic slows too much on South Commercial.”

 

Dick S. Knows mayor and mayoral candidates. “I do think we need to get that police station taken care of and continue with the good development of Salem.”

Dick S. Knows mayor and mayoral candidates.
“I do think we need to get that police station taken care of and continue with the good development of Salem.”

 

Axel Doesn’t know mayor or mayoral candidates. “I volunteer to help homeless people. The city needs to do more to help the homeless situation in Salem.”

Axel Doesn’t know mayor or mayoral candidates.
“I volunteer to help homeless people. The city needs to do more to help the homeless situation in Salem.”

 

 Joe D. Knows who current mayor and mayoral candidates are. “There’s not enough downtown parking. This has been an issue for years. It’s a mess for small businesses. 3-hours of parking is too long.”

Joe D. Knows who current mayor and mayoral candidates are. “There’s not enough downtown parking. This has been an issue for years. It’s a mess for small businesses. 3-hours of parking is too long.”

 

 

 

 

 

 Beverly K. Doesn’t know mayor or mayoral candidates. “I would like to see the city do more for the individuals who are hungry, cold, need mental health services and who are without shelter.”

Beverly K. Doesn’t know mayor or mayoral candidates. “I would like to see the city do more for the individuals who are hungry, cold, need mental health services and who are without shelter.”