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Polls are open this morning for voters in the City of Salem to cast ballots to pick a party nomination for Mayor and City Council; setting up this November’s general election. 

There is a four-way race for Salem Mayor with all new candidates.

Current Mayor Troy Merry did not seek re-election. 

Precincts open until 6p are Salem 1, 2, 3, and 4 and they are all located at the Salem Armory at 1100 N. Shelby Street.

This is the first time there has been early voting in a City of Salem election, according to Washington County Clerk Sarah Milligan. 

Milligan said there were 4,321 registered voters in Salem’s four districts and 189 early ballots went out.

“That’s a pretty good number,” said Milligan. “I love that we can give people this opportunity. It makes things much easier for our voters.”

She said about 2000 people voted in the 2015 election. 

Positions up for voting are: 

Mayor 

Republican 

  • Justin Green
  • Robert “Bobby” Fletcher
  • Ron Haendiges
  • Christie Luckett

Democrat

  • William “Bill” Ackerman
  • Richard Bobby Longworth

Clerk-Treasurer of City of Salem
Republican 

  • Sally Hattabaugh 

City Council, AT-LARGE
Republican 

  • Janine Lee
  • Jody Smedley 

Democrat

  • RH Bennett
  • Mark Hobson – Deceased

City Council, District 1

Republican 

  • Danny Libka 

City Council, District 2
Democrat

  • Warren “Truck” Jones
  • Rick Stewart

City Council, District 3

Republican 

  • Steve Crane

Democrat

  • Jana Hayes

City Council, District 4
Republican

  • Gail Napier

Democrat

  • Wally Terkhorn – Deceased

Polls close at 6p. 

WSLM will be providing LIVE election return coverage tonight on WSLM 1220 AM and WSLM 97.9 FM as well as live on social media.