Progressive Salem has endorsed Cara Kaser in her run for an open seat representing Ward 1 (downtown, parts of North and West Salem) on the Salem City Council in the May 17th Primary Election.
Cara was born in Salem and spent her early years living in the Highland and Lansing neighborhoods. Her mother was a caseworker with the Oregon Department of Human Services and her father worked at the Fairview Training Center and later owned a successful small business in Salem. Later her family moved to Sublimity where she attended middle and high school.
After high school, Cara attended Portland State University, majoring in History. That’s also where she met her husband, Eric. She then attended graduate school at Washington State University where she earned a Master’s degree in Public History. That training landed her a job in 2007 back in Salem, working as an outreach coordinator for the State Historic Preservation Office. Later, Cara earned a certificate in Computer Information Systems from Portland Community College and now works as a web developer with the Oregon Department of Forestry.
Cara and Eric bought a house in the historic Grant neighborhood in 2008 and immediately started to get involved with their community. Both of them became leaders in the Grant Neighborhood Association and volunteered at Grant Community School. In 2009, Cara and Eric were both honored for their work by being given a volunteer award by the City of Salem.
Cara has frequently presented testimony to the City Council on behalf of her neighborhood association on issues including the 3rd Bridge, siting of cell phone towers in residential areas, and most recently about plans to demolish historic LeBreton Hall. She also represented her neighborhood association on the Central Salem Mobility Study Advisory Committee. Because of her interest and expertise in historic preservation, the City Council appointed her to the Historic Landmarks Commission in 2014.
To learn more about Cara and to get involved in her campaign, please go to her website.