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Salem City Councilor resigns due to controversial social media post

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Daniel Benjamin (Courtesy: Salem City Council YouTube page) Daniel Benjamin (Courtesy: Salem City Council YouTube page)
SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

The City of Salem announced on Wednesday that Councilor Daniel Benjamin submitted a letter of resignation after coming under fire for a controversial social media post.

Benjamin's resignation comes after he recently posted a controversial post on his Facebook page.

In a resignation letter submitted to Salem City Council, Benjamin stated:

"Effective immediately, I hereby tender my resignation as Salem City Councilor of Ward 6. I wish the very best of success to all citizens of the City of Salem. Thank you for the opportunity to be your city councilor. I truly cherish the time that I spent and the people I have met serving the City."

After news about the controversial social media posts was released, Mayor Anna Peterson said the City received emails and phone calls from residents asking that Councilor Benjamin be censured by Council, and many requested that he step down.

Mayor Peterson released a statement saying that Councilor Benjamin did the right thing by resigning.

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