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The election of Marion County Republican Danielle Bethell to succeed Sam Brentano, who exercised his final retirement after 17 years of service on the Board, illustrates how stable Marion County politics is. For more than 30 years the three positions on the Board of Commissioners have been in Republican hands.
Danielle is a Marion County native, graduating from Salem's McKay High School in 1997. She now lives in Keizer, where she and her husband, Nathan, raise their three teen-aged children. She stepped down from her position as Executive Director of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce upon election to the Commission. She still partners with her husband in their plumbing business and is on the Salem-Keizer School Board, to which she was elected in 2018; she is currently the vice-chair.
Her policy priorities grow out of her family, civic involvement, and business background. She has a strong desire to resolve the trouble of homelessness that has reached crisis proportions in the county. Her new position places her on a number of commissions and boards as a representative of county government.
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