Biologist, tech CEO vie for West Salem council position

This is part of a series of stories on the candidates running in the May 17 primary election. Ballots will be mailed to voters April 27.

After eight years of being represented by Jim Lewis, voters in West Salem are set to pick a new city councilor in the May 17 primary election.

Micki Varney, a salmon biologist, and Chris Cummings, a CEO for a local tech company, are competing to represent Ward 8.

Because of Lewis’ early resignation in February to spend more time with his family, Varney is essentially entering election season as an incumbent.

More:City Council appoints Micki Varney to serve as West Salem councilor for remainder of 2022

She and Cummings both applied to replace Lewis for the remainder of 2022. After a selection process and round of interviews, Salem City Council unanimously voted in late March to appoint her to finish out Lewis’ term.

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