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Salem Councilor not seeking re-election

SALEM — 2021 will be Ward 5 Councilor Josh Turiel's final year in office.

The veteran city councilor announced last Thursday he would not be seeking re-election next fall. He has been on the Salem City Council for nine years.

"When I was first elected in 2011, my plan was to do the job for three terms, if the voters would let me, and then play it by ear," said Turiel. "Now, 10 years later, I have a child in college — who was barely in elementary school when I was first elected — and a business I continue to operate, and I think that 10 years is long enough for me. 

"I admire people who have the desire to serve for longer and I don’t like the idea of term limits — it’s valuable to have people who have institutional knowledge and experience. I never dreamed I’d be around…

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