Bethell gets early endorsement for county commissioner bid

Daniele Bethell

The director of Keizer’s Chamber of Commerce successfully unseated a member of the Salem-Keizer School District Board of Directors earlier this year. Next year, she will vie to replace an outgoing Marion County commissioner. 

Commissioner Sam Brentano announced that he would not seek re-election to his seat in 2020 and, at the same time, endorsed the candidacy of Danielle Bethell, a Keizer resident. 

“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,” Brentano said. 

Bethell is eager to tackle county issues.

“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,” Bethell said in a press release. 

Bethell has served as executive director of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce since 2016. In May, she ran to unseat Chuck Lee, Keizer’s longtime representative on the Salem-Keizer School Board. She won with more than 52 percent of the votes cast. 

She is a mother to three teenagers with a history of community involvement ranging from the Rotary Club of Keizer to the McNary High School Athletic Booster Club and numerous community-business collaborations. Two of the most notable efforst have been getting turf football fields installed at McNary and McKay high schools. 

She is owner of NW Events and Promotions and co-owner of Bethell Plumbing in addition to her post at the Keizer Chamber of Commerce. 

“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,” she said. “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.”