Mayor Justin Green, who became the first Republican Mayor in Salem in 34 years back in 2019, defeated Republican challenger Jay Davisson in Tuesday’s primary election, 551-267.

Green captured 67.7 percent of the total votes in a Primary that only turned out about 17 percent of the registered voters.

Davisson captured less than half that, with 32.64 percent.

The other race was between incumbent Republican Council member Gail Napier was challenged by newcomer Randy Lee Jr. 

Out of 229 total votes in District 4, Lee took 134 to Napier’s 95. 

Lee and Green will both move on to the general election in November. 

Green already has a challenger in Tommy Brown III, who will run as a Libertarian. 

No Democratic challenger has filed to run. The deadline to file is July 3. 

In other un-contested races:

  • Sally Hattabaugh for City of Salem Clerk Treasurer – 699 votes.
  • Roger K. Pennington for City of Salem Council at Large – 679 votes.
  • Dan R. Libka City of Salem Council District 1 – 128 votes
  • Dylan Moore City of Salem Council District 2 = 129 votes
  • Steve Crane City of Salem Council District 3 – 201 votes

Moore will face Democrat Paul Holsapple in the fall along with Tina Ransom, Libertarian. 

The fall election will be held on Tuesday, November 7.