Cannon's ward is in South Salem.
Salem City Councilor Bob Cannon said he probably will resign before his term ends at the end of the year.
Cannon has represented Ward 7 in South Salem since appointed by the council in 2008.
Since November, however, Cannon has spent much of his time out of town in order to look after investments in Southern California and has attended council meetings via telephone.
"I will not be seeking reelection," Cannon said in a phone interview Thursday. "In all likelihood I will resign at or before the primary."....
Warren Bednarz and Even D. White each have filed paperwork to run for Cannon's seat in the May 15 primary election.
Candidates have until March 6 to register for candidacy in nonpartisan or major party office with the Oregon Secretary of State.
Yesterday it came out that Diana Dickey would not be running again.
Dickey, who has represented Ward 5 in North Salem since elected in 2008, said serving on council has been a rewarding experience, but she would like to spend more time with her family.
“If I had the time I would continue to do it,” she said.
Dickey is a health educator with the Marion County Health Department and works as a substitute teacher with the Salem-Keizer School District....
No one has filed to run for the position.
The situation in West Salem is less clear. In December Dan Clem filed to seek a position on the Polk County Commission. But he probably won't resign from Council unless he's elected to the Commission. So there is not, strictly speaking, an opening yet. Unlike Dickey and Cannon, whose terms end in December 2012, Clem's term doesn't end until December 2014.
In the announcement, Clem highlighted transportation:
Clem said transportation issues are front and center to him, especially regarding the Salem River Crossing.Is transportation the single most defining issue in West Salem? Sometimes I think it is. West Salem's own commercial district is thin, residential development has grown sprawly, and you have no choice on where to cross the river. Transportation constrains a lot.
“I think that Polk County has been well run in the past: I think it’s priorities on public safety and transportation and education are there,” Clem said. “But I’m sensing that those priorities have changed and I kind of want to restore those priorities or play a role in it.”
Clem elaborated by citing Salem River Crossing, a joint ODOT and City of Salem project that seeks solutions for current and potential Willamette River crossing issues.
“I think there will need to be a high level of coordination and cooperation from all parts of PC cities and ODOT, and I’ve spent 9 years doing that,” he said.
New faces on City Council offer great opportunities for folks interested in rational mobility choice! Is this the right moment for a $500M project like this?
Or do we, facing increasing pollution and greenhouse gases, facing increasing obesity and diabetes, and facing declining budget opportunities, look to new mobility choices that cost a whole lot less and at the same time better serve the community?