Danielle Bethell announces run for Marion County Commission

KEIZER, Ore. – Small business owner, Keizer mom, local volunteer, and Salem-Keizer school board member, Danielle Bethell, is announcing her candidacy for Marion County Commissioner.

Danielle is a Marion County native, graduating from McKay High School in 1997. She is deeply rooted in her community and has been a small business owner and advocate for more than 10 years. She has served as Executive Director of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce since 2016.

“I look forward to meeting and listening to the people of Marion County.  From grass fields to vineyards and waterfalls, timberland and lakes to growing urban spaces – we have a great opportunity to make meaningful progress on the issues that matter most to the people of Marion County.”

Sam Brentano, the long-time County Commissioner, announced today that he will not be seeking re-election and endorsed Danielle’s candidacy to fill a seat he has held since 2003:

“I have been a County Commissioner for 16 years and am proud of the work we have gotten done on the Commission.  I am endorsing Danielle Bethell because she will carry on with a conservative eye toward county government, being fiscally responsible and responsive to the needs of our county.”

Bethell praised Commissioner Brentano’s work:

“I have a lot of respect for Commissioner Brentano, and I am thankful that he believes in me to carry on this important work for the people of Marion County. I look forward to having the opportunity to return a much-needed female voice to the council and continue some of his great work,” Bethell said.

Danielle is a wife and mother of three in local public schools. She has dedicated her life to ensuring the future success of next generations.  As a Rotarian, she raised money to fund local Little League field restorations and has spearheaded numerous community and business initiatives.

“We have some tough challenges in our county but by bringing our communities together we can find solutions.  Whether it be tackling homelessness, responsibly managing our natural resources, or making healthcare more affordable, we need local officials who will face these issues head-on. I am not afraid to get my hands dirty, ask the hard questions, listen thoughtfully, and find collaborative solutions to tough issues.”

In her first run for elected office, Danielle won a local school board race in which she promised to bring a voice of a parent to the board.

“My experiences and understanding of policy can provide a voice for the small business owner, the parent, and the working families of Marion County.  Working together we can make a difference for our community”