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 “Working for the City of Salem used to be the greatest job in the world.”

Longtime civic center employee John Saunders has announced he is running for Salem City Council because he believes city employees and facilities need to be taken care of better. He is running as an independent candidate.

He said he “thinks things need to change in Salem and I want to be part of it.” He is the second candidate to announce, after Mayor Randy Foley. Another first-time candidate who is collecting required voter signatures and said he plans to run is retired Presbyterian minister Todd Hester, who also intends to run as an independent.

Saunders, 57, retired Feb. 28, 2017, after a total of 33 years, mostly at the Salem Civic Center and other civic facilities. He was Civic Facilities Director for his last three years after his former boss and good friend, Carey Harveycutter,…

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