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Name: Marcia Kelley

Home address: 396 Washington St S, Salem 97302

Age (If your age will change before the May 17 election, please add your birthdate): 63

Transit subdistrict: Seven (7)

Phone numbers
Work: 503-378-9800 (Lobby Center)
Home: 503-581-8384
Cell: 503-910-4776 (please do not publish)


How the public can reach your campaign (this is for publication):
Mail address: 396 Washington St S, Salem OR 97302

E-mail address:

Web site URL: None at this time

Phone: 503-581-8384

Fax: none

Facebook: Marcia Kelley for Cherriots Board

Current occupation/employer (if any): Public Policy Advocate, American Association of

University Women-Oregon or AAUW-Oregon

Previous occupations/employers: managing partner, travel consultant, membership for Salem

Chamber of Commerce

Colleges attended, degree, graduation date: Willamette University, B.A., 1970

High schools attended, graduation date: Milwaukie High School, Milwaukie, OR 1966

Family: Spouse, Victor Dodier, Jr. Cats: Dancer and Pounce

How long have you lived within the Salem Area Mass Transit District? Except for one year
during the 1980’s since 1970.

Have you ever been convicted of a crime, been disciplined by a professional licensing
board/organization or had an ethics violation filed against you? If so, please give the details.


Have you ever filed for bankruptcy, been delinquent on your taxes or other major
accounts, or been sued personally or professionally? If so, please give the details.

Yes. Employment taxes were late during late 1990’s. I can’t remember if there was a penalty.

Transit district committees, activities or organizations you are or have been involved in
(Please include approximate years -- such as, “2008-present” -- for this question and the
following.) Transit Board: appointed January 1989, elected 1989, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, and
2007. Treasurer, 1989-1995, V. President, 1995-2004, President, 2007-2009, Finance and
Administration Committee, 1989-1995, Finance and Administration , 2007-2009, Special
Transportation , 2007-present, Revenue, 2006, Courthouse Square Subcommittee, 1998-2000,
Mid Willamette Council of Governments Board, 1994-2000, Mid Willamette Area Commission
on Transportation and Steering Committee (ODOT), 1997-2004, 2007-present, Salem Futures
Committee, 1998-2003, Citizen Tax Force on Courthouse Square Solutions, Vice Chair-Transit,
2011- Financing Options Chair, 2011-

Other experience in public and/or private transportation (please be specific):

From 1993-203 was managing partner of a travel agency and worked with private transportation
providers for group trips.

Please list all public offices to which you’ve been elected, and when:
Salem Keizer Transit Board, 1989, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007

Please list any unsuccessful candidacies for public office, and when:
Salem Keizer Transit Board, 1979, Salem City Council, 2004

Civic, community and cultural organizations you are, or have been, involved in and any
offices held (include service clubs, chamber of commerce, church/religious organizations,
neighborhood associations, non-profits, unions, etc.):

Salem Mayor’s Task force on Transit, 1978

Morningside Neighborhood Association, 1980-1982, Chair 1981
South Central Association of Neighbors, (SCAN) Board, 2008-
NE and Capital Kiwanis, 1998-
Public Policy Committee, Chamber of Commerce, 1993-2009
Prince of Peace Episcopal Church, 1986-
BAC, 1987-1993, Junior Warden, 1987-2993
Diocesan Council, Episcopal Diocese of Oregon, 1993-1996, 2006-2009
Board of Trustees, Episcopal Diocese of Oregon, 2009-present
YWCA Tribute to Outstanding Women and Employers Committees,
Project Planning 1986-1990, Advisory Committee, 1991-96
Transit Levy and Tax Base Campaigns, 1985, Tax Base Campaign 1986, Chair

What is the largest budget you have handled?

The transit district budget which has been as high as $34,000,000 depending on capital funding.

Who encouraged you to run for the transit board? Who are your major supporters
(individuals, groups, etc.)?

Originally I was encouraged by Signe Pribnow, Mary Pearmine, and Casey Campbell.

My spouse encourages me to continue service as public transit is important to both of us.

Additionally, Claudia Howells and Brita Franz and Casey Campbell have encouraged me to run

How much will your campaign cost?

At this time I have indicated I will not spend more than $300. It will depend on what my
opponent decides to do in this race as he is on the ballot for more than one office. I will revisit
the decision to spend $300 or less later this month.

If you are elected, how many hours a week do you expect to spend on Salem Area Mass
Transit District business?

I currently average about 8 hours per week counting the subcommittees and other outside
committees like the MWACT. It will depend

How many transit district board meetings have you attended in the past year?
Eleven plus executive sessions held separately.

How often do you ride the bus?

Currently I ride occasionally. During the summer I ride daily home after walking downtown
with my spouse to his work. He rides the bus to work almost daily.
In my early years after college I rode or walked almost everywhere as I did not drive or have a
car until 1974. We have one drivable car in our household.

What social-media applications do you regularly use?

Occasionally, Facebook

Please help us understand your connections to the transit district. In responding to the
following questions, if your answer is “yes” please give complete details.
• Have you ever worked for the Salem Area Mass Transit District or any other transit
district/organization? No.

• Have you, or any company or organization in which you were involved, been a supplier or
contractor for the transit district? Until we found another location at the Lancaster Mall
to sell bus passes, our office sold bus passes.

• Have any of your family members worked for the transit district? No.

PART II: TRANSIT ISSUES. Please limit your response for each question to about 75

1. Why are you running for the Salem Area Mass Transit District Board?

I understand the importance of public transit for those who rely on public transportation.
Public transit is often an unsung but needed public service for the well being of a community so
people can get to work, to school and often for our special citizens to medical appointments.
I believe that in an area our size, public transit is a necessity.

2. What strengths or assets would you bring to serving on the transit board?

Over the years I have acquired knowledge about public transportation operations and funding. I
bring a historical perspective to the board.

3. What do you see as the strengths of the current transit board?

We have many “new” faces on the board. There is a learning curve and new members who
question actions allow our board to re-examine board policies.

4. What do you see as the weaknesses of the current transit board?

There is a steep learning curve regarding issues of funding, operations and federal regulations. It
takes a commitment to spend the time to learn the industry. It takes time to learn the board sets
policy and does not run the organization day to day.

5. What do you see as your role on the transit board?

I see myself as bringing knowledge of the industry and a historical perspective of why and how
we serve the district’s citizens.

6. What changes would you like to make in the Salem Area Mass Transit District?

I would like to have a more robust and stable funding stream. Whether that takes a change in
funding sources or a blending of local streams, I do not know. Since we were forced to
eliminate Saturday service to remain within existing resources the community has been more
aware of the need for a more robust system.

7. How well has the transit district handled the Courthouse Square situation?

The district staff, administration and our customers are to be commended for the grace with
which they handled the many changes required over a short time. Changing the major transfer
point alone is a major undertaking. To change three times in 7 months is challenging. It is
especially challenging due to the numbers of special clients we serve on a daily basis.

The staff has been creative in relocating the offices to smaller space with their usual attention to
cost containment as possible.

8. Would you support a local levy to finance additional transit operations? Why?

I would support a levy only if there is a robust conversation with all parts of the community and
mutual agreement and support. Like all local governments relying on property tax for
operations, we are stretched. Our non-represented staff has not received a cola since 2008 and
the represented staff since 2009.

Like many any service business or government our biggest budget item is our staff. We need to
make sure we stay competitive in the industry as well as provide more service for our customers.

9. What are the three most important issues you would address if elected to the transit

A. (75 words): I want to continue to work with the community to increase the stability of the
funding sources available. I would like to expand the ability for local governments to lengthen
the levy time allowed by state law as in current HJR26.
B. (75 words): Make sure to monitor the strategic plan implementation and re-evaluation of the

C. (75 words): We need to make sure that the transit district remains a vital resource to the
downtown businesses as well as our customers. Courthouse Square is repaired or replaced in the
most responsible manner.

10. What publications do you regularly read to keep on the news and on transit issues
(magazines, journals, newspapers, Web sites, etc.)?

Statesman Journal daily Oregonian sometimes

Email: Transit Intelligence, APTA updates, Governing email newsletters for Financing, Health
Care, Management Issues

Governing Magazine

METRO Magazine