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Chris Hoy has a track record of leadership and service. There are critical challenges facing Salem and Chris has the experience to lead as we work together to address housing, homelessness, transportation, climate, and other important issues.


Affordable Housing

Chris has consistently advocated for affordable housing solutions including removing barriers to multi-family housing, adding mixed-use zones for housing near transit services, and encouraging a variety of affordable options for middle housing.

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Public Safety

With 30+ years of experience, Chris recently retired from a distinguished career in public safety. He began his career as a records clerk and rose through ranks and most recently served as the Clackamas County Undersheriff. He has extensive experience in community corrections establishing evidence-based programs and supports for ex-offenders to be successful following incarceration. His experience includes operating residential drug and alcohol treatment programs and working with domestic violence survivors.  

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Protecting the Environment

Chris vigorously advocated for improvements to Salem’s water treatment facility to add a modern ozone treatment process to ensure clean, safe drinking water for the community and has worked to increase Salem’s tree canopy.



As a city councilor, Chris is a leader in finding real solutions to Salem’s homeless crisis including making “Housing First” a priority, establishing micro-shelters and “Safe Park” options, coordination with local partners, and much more. As a state representative, Chris was chief sponsor of HB 4037 which allows use of state property for micro-shelters.


Committed to Equity

Chris has supported diverse, inclusive policies that ensure benefits of growth are enjoyed by all community members. He supported resolutions condemning racism and promoted equity in community engagement activities.

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Rethinking Development

Chris has advocated for lower-cost infill and redevelopment before costly expansion of infrastructure and encouraged higher density along transit corridors. He is a longtime supporter of expanded transit options and connected network for pedestrian and bike paths.

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