As 2016 draws to a close, all eyes will likely be on Washington, D.C. where President-Elect Donald Trump will be sworn into office on January 20.
January will also usher in new faces on the Salem City Council.
Newcomers to be sworn in include Cara Kaser who won Ward 1, Matt Ausic who won Ward 5, and Sally Cook who won Ward 7.
Ward 3 incumbent Brad Nanke will also be sworn in for another term. He ran unopposed in May.
Current Ward 1 City Councilor Chuck Bennett will advance to the mayor’s seat.
The May elections serve as a primary for Salem. The top two winners advance to the November general election.
However, if one candidate captures a majority of the votes in May, he or she wins the race.
The Salem City Council races in the May election had two candidates (except Ward 3). Hence, the top vote-getter won at that time.
Their names appeared on the November 8 ballot, although they had no contenders.
The City Council swearing-in ceremony takes place during the first meeting of January. However, the exact date of that meeting has not yet been set.