Who We Are Supporting in the May 2022 Election

Progressive Salem is Supporting these Five Candidates for Mayor and City Council

in the May 17th Election


Chris Hoy for Mayor

We helped Chris first get elected to the Salem City Council in 2017 and since then he has become an outstanding community leader, serving as the President of the Council and Chair of the Salem Housing Authority. No other Councilor has done more to address the homelessness crisis in Salem than Chris who serves on the Mid-Valley Homeless Alliance Board of Directors. He was recently appointed to serve for one year in the Oregon House of Representatives representing District 21 and successfully passed a bill that will increase the number of micro-shelter sites in Salem. Chris has worked hard and deserves to be our next Mayor of Salem. He will be a Progressive Mayor for Salem — the first Progressive Mayor we have had since the late Mike Swaim served us two decades ago. For more information go to ChrisHoyforSalem.com.

Linda Nishioka for Councilor, Ward 2

Linda is recently retired from a long and successful career in health and dental care. She serves on the Salem Downtown Advisory Board and has served on the Salem Riverfront Park Committee and the Salem Streetscape Committee. She and her husband developed the new affordable micro-apartments downtown at Commercial and State streets. As our City Councilor Linda will work for a vibrant, attractive, walkable downtown and improved shelter for our homeless neighbors. She will promote an environmentally responsible city, and work for welcoming and safe city for all.

Dynee Medlock for Councilor, Ward 4

Dyee is a Lead Network Specialist for a computer consulting firm. She has served on the Board of the South Gateway Neighborhood Association and is a Salem-Keizer Schools Parent Volunteer and Past-Board Member of the MOMS Club of South Salem.  She describes herself as "a longtime resident of Ward 4, an innovative thinker and a loving mother." She values safe neigborhoods, safe routes to schools and safe places to play for children. As a Councilor she wants to work on homelessness and affordable housing, improved traffic safety and climate action.

Stacey Vieyra-Braendle for Councilor, Ward 6

Stacey is an Occupational Therapist with a PhD in Occupational Therapy from Pacific University. She currently serves on the Salem Citizen Budget Committee and on the Salem-Keizer Coalition for Equality Board. She volunteers for Free Fridge Salem and Mid-Valley Mentors. Stacey says she "wants a Salem that cares for all its citizens and supports our diverse, but historically underserved Ward 6." Among her priorities as a Councilor will be affordable housing, shelters and facilities for houseless neighbors, Mobile Crisis Response units, a public transit hub for E. Salem and a branch library. For more information go to StaceyForWard6.com.

Micki Varney for Councilor, Ward 8

Progressive Salem supported Micki Varney in a close race for Ward 8 four years ago and we are happy to support her again this year. Micki is an accomplished biologist, educator and civic and community leader. She has experience as a City Councilor in Dayton, Washington prior to moving to Salem. Micki is committed to community service and currently serves in leadership positions on the Salem Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, the West Salem Neighborhood Association, SEIU Local 503, and the American Association of University Women. As a Salem City Councilor, Micki's priorities will be to work on Smart Growth and improved infrastructure,  increased business development so that West Salem can be more self-sufficient, and improving communications and transparency in City government. For more information go to MickiForSalem.com.


What is Progressive Salem?

  • We are citizens of Salem, united in our commitment to see Salem prosper in ways that benefit all who live and work here.
  • We value honesty, transparency, inclusiveness and integrity in government.
  • We value fairness and opportunity for all.
  • We envision a Salem where progress preserves choices for future generations.

What We Are Working For
  • Local government that represents the public interest.
  • Enhancement of economic opportunities and environmental health.
  • Respect and fair treatment for all people.
  • A community that works together to promote public health and alleviate poverty.
  • Local government that both understands and engages with wider justice, sustainability, and other political issues.
  • A transportation network that is safe and accessible to everyone.
  • Options to power our homes and businesses with clean and sustainable energy.
  • Education that prepares all youth for meaningful lives as participating citizens and that values our cultural diversity.
  • We pledge to work in the electoral arena toward a Salem united by this vision for our future.

Our Motto: Organized People Beat Organized Money!

Our Mission

The mission of Progressive Salem is to elect Progressive candidates to local offices in Salem, Oregon. We achieve our mission by carefully vetting and endorsing the best candidates and by supporting them with our volunteer time and generous donations.