According to Washington County Clerk Shirley Batt, the ballot has been set for the upcoming City Election on Tuesday, May 5.


In fact, this is going to be one of the most contested races Salem has had in years with two Republican’s seeking the GOP nod and three Democrats going for the party nomination for Mayor.

Washington County Assessor Jason Cockerill will face off against State Farm Agent and City Councilman Ron Haendiges for the Republican nomination.

Former Salem Mayor Judy Chastain will vie for her party’s nomination against Kimball Global Sourcing Commodity Manager Hank Jacoby and City of Salem Police Chief Troy Merry.

Incumbent Patricia Persinger will seek another term as City Clerk Treasurer and Kevin Stewart, former County Treasurer, will seek the Democrat nod so he can run in the fall. There is no Republican candidate for the spring election.

For City Council at Large, Incumbent Justin Green is running unopposed for the GOP nomination. He is seeking another term. Johnny Sullivan is unopposed as well and seeks the Democratic nomination.

Incumbent Dan Libka is seeking the Republican nomination for City Council, District 1. He is unopposed. John Smedley is seeking the Democrat nomination. He is also unopposed.

Warren N. (Truck) Jones is the incumbent for City Council, District 2. He is unopposed in his bid for the Democratic nomination. There is no Republican seeking this nomination.

Steven A. Crane and John D. Fultz will seek the Republican nomination for City Council, District 3. Bob Lemons and former councilperson Leslie Leis will seek the Democrat nomination.

Jim Snelling runs unopposed for the City Council, District 4 slot, while Mark Hobson and incumbent Wally Terkhorn seek the Democratic nomination.