Who’s for increasing taxes? Who’s for taking care of the infrastructure? To fund the local airport project or not?

Find out the answers to these questions and more and get a feel for who to vote for and hear what the City of Salem candidates have to say at the WSLM Political Forum set for Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Salem City Hall conference room.


The forum is sponsored by WSLM and WRLW TV and will be moderated by local attorney Tom Scifres and hosted by Becky White.

“WSLM feels very passionately about the local political scene and wants all of our area voters to be as informed as possible,” said White. “If you can’t get out to hear the candidates in their own words, then you can tune in LIVE on WSLM 97.9 FM and 1220 AM to listen to exactly what’s being said.”

The video of the evening will be aired later on WRLW 17.1

On Tuesday, November 3, Salem voters will elect a new mayor, clerk-treasurer and will choose four city council members. Tune in live on WSLM for live coverage of the election returns.

In the race for mayor, Republican Ron Haendiges will face Democrat Troy Merry, who is currently serving as Salem’s Chief of Police.

Democrat Kevin Stewart defeated incumbent Pat Persinger in the primary and will face Republican Sally Hattabaugh, who was selected by party caucus.

In District 1, Republican Dan Libka, a current council member is being challenged by Democrat John Smedley.

In District 3, Republican Steven Crane hopes to win over Democratic challenger Lesle Gilbert Leis, who has served previously on the council.

Incumbent Wally Terkhorn, a Democrat, hopes to hold onto his seat against Republican Jim Snelling.

Two current council members will face no opposition in the fall election.

Democrat Warren “Truck” Jones represents District 2, and Republican Justin Green, current council president, holds the at-large seat.

Voters only in Salem will be turning out for this election and all four precincts will vote at the Salem Armory located at 1100 N. Shelby St.

Anyone wishing to submit questions for consideration for the WSLM POLITICAL FORUM should email [email protected]

Questions should not be of a personal nature and may not target an individual candidate.