Commissioner Kevin Cameron is a successful business owner and community leader. Through his service in the community and in business, he has proven that citizens can make a difference by getting involved in the lives of others and through leading by example.
He is the founder and CEO of Cafe Today Restaurants. Cafe Today has locations in the greater Portland area. In 2000, Kevin received the Restaurateur of the Year Award from the Oregon Restaurant Association.
Commissioner Cameron is an active member in the Salem community. He voluteered with the Battle Creek Little League as Softball Manager and led the All Star Team in their 1999 tournament. Kevin continues involvement with a number of community groups by giving of his time, business experience and finances. Beginning in 2007 he has served on the Governor’s Re-entry Council. In June of 2012 he completed six years of service on the OSU Alumni Board. He received an Honorary Doctorate from Corban University in May 2011. In August 2015 Kevin began a three-year term of service on the Board of Directors for United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley. Commissioner Cameron serves on both the Executive Committee as well as the Board of Directors for SEDCOR.
On June 2, 2014 Kevin took the oath of office to become Marion County’s newest Commissioner. The oath of office was administered by the Honorable Judge Thomas Hart, Marion County Circuit Court. Kevin was appointed to fill the vacancy left earlier in the spring by Patti Milne. He faithfully served in Position 1 through early January 2015. Kevin was successfully elected to the office in November 2014 and was sworn in for a four-year term on January 5, 2015.
Chief Justice Wallace swore Kevin Cameron into the Oregon House of Representatives on February 17, 2005. The citizens of House District 19 were without representation, and Kevin stepped up to fill the void. During the historic 2011 Legislative Session, where the House was tied 30-Republicans and 30-Democrats for the first time in Oregon’s history, Kevin served as the House Republican Leader through June 2012. In the 77th Oregon Legislative Assembly Kevin served on the House Transportation and Economic Development Committee; the Judiciary Committee and co-chaired the Rural Communities Committee. He was also appointed to the Joint Committee on Interstate-5 Bridge Replacement Project. He resigned his seat June 1, 2014 when he accepted an appointment to the Marion County Board of Commissioners.
Throughout his life, Kevin has had a passion and heart for community service and leadership. He looks forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Oregon.