For my birthday this month, I’m asking for donations to CASA of Marion County Oregon. CASA does amazing things for our children who need a Court Appointed Special Advocate. The volunteers give of their time, talents and treasures to be there for these kiddos who need special support. Two major milestones that have happened in the last 3 years:

In just 3 years, CASA of Marion County has gone from serving barely 20% of the 600 children in foster care in Marion County, to serving virtually 100% of the children who are in need of a CASA.

The program has increased its volunteer roster by over 70%. This is due in part to the unwavering support of our community who believe that our most vulnerable children, are our community’s children.

The children we work with, through no fault of their own, have found their lives turned upside down and are in a child welfare system that is broken. Our CASA volunteers work tirelessly to navigate the crazy maze that is foster care and stand shoulder to shoulder with our children to ensure their voices are heard and their best interests are a top priority.

We are just shy of raising $1,000 for CASA. If you’d like to contribute please visit my facebook page, Kevin Cameron or donate online at

Thank you for your support as we work to continue serving those who need us most.

Last week my fellow Commissioners and I presented the annual State of County Address to a packed room of business leaders, community members and other elected officials.  It is an honor to be your Board Chair this year and serve along side Commissioners Brentano and Willis.

We reported on many important issues from transportation to economic development and homelessness.  All who attended received a copy of 

Marion County Today Spring 2019.  Here is a link to the publication:  Marion County Today 2019.  I hope you find it of value in further understanding the role of your County government and how we strive to provide top notch services to our citizens.

This annual address was the first one, but not the last.  For a full listing of the dates, times and locations of our upcoming addresses please visit: Meetings and Events .  Or take view the March 13th address at: State of the County Address, March 13, 2019

I look forward to working with you in making Marion County a great place to live, work, and play!  We can only do this if we have good communication, so please feel free to let me know your ideas and what you would like to read about in this newsletter.

You are invited to the

 Marion County Elected Officials

Swearing-In Ceremony and Reception

Monday January 7, 2019 at 9:00am

Courthouse Square, Senator Hearing Room  |  555 Court Street NE, Salem, OR 97301

7th Annual CrossWalk
January 5, 2019 @ 10-Noon
Riverfront City Park | 200 Water St NE | Salem, OR 97301

All money raised, including 100% of each participant’s registration fee, will go to benefit the Marion County Victim Assistance program. Donations above and beyond the registration fee are accepted and appreciated!

You can learn more about this event by visiting the CrossWalk at Register today and walk your way into the New Year!

Adults – $20, College Students – $15 and kids under 13 are free!
Presented by Green Acres Landscape, Paramount Real Estate Services and R. Bauer Insurance. CrossWalk is a family event to begin the New Year with a great walk, with a great purpose.

Janet Carlson’s numerous talents have blessed my family for many, many years.  Her encouragement began long before I considered being involved in politics.  Her daughter Erica was my daughter’s choir teacher at Crossler Middle School.  Her family influenced my daughter’s musical talent through her high school years at Sprague.  Many people are unaware of Janet’s own musical abilities and that she has recorded wonderful CDs.

In 2005 Janet was one of three commissioners who appointed me to House District 19, where I served for 9 and 1/2 years.  She has been a champion of giving people a second chance and has encouraged me to do the same.  I personally thank Janet for her guidance over many years.  She has made a difference in our community helping one individual at a time.  Please join me in congratulating her and attending her well-deserved retirement party:

Hoping to see you there,