I recently participated in the ORTL candidate endorsement process. With two family men who are pro-life candidates, they had a difficult decision to make. I commend them for their dedication to a former employee. While I am not their chosen candidate, my commitment to life remains strong and I stand by life from conception to natural death.

I am a passionate advocate for the communities in Marion County. The public voice, representation, and rights of community members were what moved me to run for public office, and these values have remained a hallmark of my tenure of 17 years of service on the City of Salem Council.

As a veteran Salem City Councilor, I will hit the ground running as your Marion County Commissioner. With the complicated issues facing our community: development, homelessness, environmental stewardship, economic growth, and taxation, I bring disciplined fiscal responsibility, proven leadership and innovative solutions that will make a real impact on the problems facing our communities. ~ Brad Nanke

Photo by April Davis PhotographyBrad and his family live in Salem, Oregon. In his free time, Brad enjoys hunting for chanterelle, hedgehog, and other tasty mushrooms in Oregon’s beautiful forests, staying involved in community events around Salem and Marion County, and exploring the Salem community with a diverse section of the populace while playing Pokémon Go (yes, he has it down to a science). He is well known for occasionally bursting into song during public meetings, for his cheerful disposition and thoughtful deliberation, and for his dedication to Salem and the surrounding community. He is also cross-certified in PADI and NAUI as a rescue diver, having learned to dive in the kelp forests off Monterey Bay, California.

Photo by April Davis Photography
Photos by April Davis Photography

Originally born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa, Brad has lived on the West Coast since 1978. After working on farms during the summer with his football buddies back in Iowa, he moved to Silicon Valley in California and worked for several pioneering companies in the semiconductor industry. His strong, midwestern work ethic saw him quickly promoted out of the warehouse, into manufacturing, and then into the research and development labs at Applied Materials in Santa Clara, California. He worked for several semiconductor companies, including AMD, before moving to Salem, Oregon to work at Siltec Silicon, to pursue a long career in facilities, environmental, health, and safety management.