About Chuck Bennett

“A Mayor for All of Salem”

Chuck Bennett is in his 4th year as your mayor. During that time, he has consistantly pushed for long-term solutions to our homelessness crisis, making housing more affordable, and creating a vibrant economy for residents to live and play. 

Chuck Bennett represented Ward 1 on the city council for eight years. The ward includes downtown and part of West Salem. He also is a former State Representative from the Salem Area.

Chuck has a record of dedicated service to his ward and constituents. His efforts resulted in extensive street, sidewalk, public safety and livability initiatives.

Professionally, Bennett has been a government affairs representative for public school leaders for 15 years and owned his own government affairs business prior to that.

Bennett, 67, is a 1970 graduate of Willamette University and worked for many years as a newspaper reporter and editor in Salem, Woodburn and Stayton. In the 1970’s he was the Capital Journal City Hall reporter.

Chuck and his wife Cherie live in northeast Salem. They have one daughter and two grandchildren.

Bennett has served as President of the City Council and chaired several city council committees. He has served on the Salem Library Board, Cultural and Tourism Promotion Advisory Board, Budget Committee and Planning Commission. He also has served in numerous community and state organizations including Pentacle Theater Board, the Oregon Government Ethics Commission, State Council for the Humanities, and as a founding member of Friends of Opal Creek.

Bennett is an avid playwright and has had works produced at Linfield College, McKay High School and at the Northwest Playwrights’ Workshop.

Chuck has enjoyed all these volunteer activities and strongly supports the unusual aspect of unpaid, volunteer service by the Salem mayor and city councilors.