On April 8, our Forum Speaker Series welcomed a panel of candidates running for Salem Mayor and City Council seats in Wards 3, 5, and 7.

The Forum provided an opportunity for our business community to learn and hear from these candidates as we prepare to vote in the upcoming May Election.

At the same time, the luncheon provided the candidates with the opportunity to share their views on the key issues impacting our community and what they believe Salem’s priorities should be.

Following an introduction, the candidates answered questions about their positions on issues, including the City’s budget and revenue mechanisms, before asking two questions of their respective opponents.

We’d like to thank the candidates for sharing their time and their perspectives with us this month.

Mayoral Candidate Panel:

Chris Hoy (incumbent)
​Julie Hoy (current Salem City Councilor)

Salem City Council Candidate Panel:

Shane Matthews (Ward 3)
Nathan Soltz (Ward 3)
Dr. Irvin M. Brown (Ward 5)
Michael Hoselton (Ward 5)
​Vanessa Nordyke (Ward 7, incumbent, running unopposed)

We’d also like to thank the more than 200 members of the business community for attending, the Salem Convention Center for providing the venue and meal, and Allied Video Productions and Capital Community Media for their help with producing this event.

Finally, a huge thanks goes to PGE for serving as this month’s Forum Sponsor and to Hagan Hamilton Insurance Solutions for being our Presenting Sponsor for the entire 2023-2024 Forum Speaker Series season.

Be sure to secure your tickets for next month’s Forum titled, “An Industry Under Siege: An Intimate Conversation with NW Natural Executives,” on Monday, May 13.


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