Salem Police Chief Troy Merry has thrown his hat into the race for Salem Mayor and will give voters a choice for Democrat in the May Primary.

Police Chief Troy Merry read a resolution from the Mayor proclaiming last Thursday as Cincinnati Reds Day in Salem. Major Detective Scott Ratts and Becky White look on. Merry announced last week he was going to run for Mayor of Salem.

Merry, a Salem native and 1987 graduate of Salem High School, will run against Hank Jacoby, for the Democratic nod to seek the office in November.  He has worked for the City of Salem Police Department for 15 years.

There is also a race for the Republican slot for Mayor after Ron Haendiges filed to seek the Republican approval to run in the fall election and will campaign against Jason Cockerill.

“I think Salem is the greatest city you could ever live in,” said Merry. “Salem is making great progress and I am proud of all the new projects that are going on in the city…like the new businesses and the ones that are coming in the future.”

Merry said he wanted to continue to build on that success. “I want to help the small businesses in Salem and see them grow. I want to help promote the downtown area and would like to be part of the Lake Salinda project and see it back on line. It would add another water source for the citizens of Salem, not only as another water source but would help with our capacity to attract new business.”

Youth and seniors are also important to Merry. “I want to see what their needs are and act on that,” he said.

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