I am very proud to announce that I am running for Salem City Councillor At Large this November 2017.
I have been a passionate and effective leader since I arrived in Salem nearly ten years ago. As a two-term ward city councilor, I have worked with residents across the city to help people have a stronger voice in the city, address critical concerns, and ensure the city government’s priorities come from the residents.
I grew up in rural Indiana, the child of a small business owner and a nurse. I attended public schools from kindergarten through college, and learned from my parents the values of community, hard work, and a commitment to give back.
When my husband Chad and I arrived in Salem, we bought an historic home on Boston Street (saved from demolition) and immediately set to work recreating the landscape and cleaning up the surrounding area. Being newcomers then to one of the oldest cities on the continent, Chad and I were welcomed immediately and continue to cherish the welcoming culture of Salem – a diverse city where new residents work side by side with families who have been here for generations.
My love of this city and lifelong commitment to bringing people together, compelled me to run for Ward 4 City Councillor four years ago. I won my race and immediately got to work – listening to residents, bringing people together, and continuing to build an even stronger community.
Whether it was creating task forces such as LORAX (Leaf-Oriented Resiliency and Arboricultural Expansion), addressing critical concerns such as the opioid crisis, engaging creating more government transparency and civic engagement, or ensuring Salem development was planned carefully to benefit residents, I am proud of the accomplishments this leadership position has afforded me, and especially proud of the partnerships across the city that have made it all possible.
I am running for an at-large seat today because I know the power of community members coming together to address shared concerns. I know that together we can make local government more transparent and accessible, ensure our city agencies – our police, fire, public services, and local schools – have the resources they need to function well for families and children, and expand programs such as LORAX to improve the beauty of our city and our quality of life.
And, just as Chad and I were immediately welcomed into this community when we first arrived, I will continue fostering a welcoming atmosphere for new and old residents alike.
So come join the team! Check out our website: www.davideppley.org. Sign up for my email list. Donate to my campaign. Come meet me at my campaign kick off from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at Notch Brewing Company,
283R Derby Street, Salem.