About Aaron

The Experience to Get the Job Done -- The Values we Trust

In 1999, Felton joined the Polk County District Attorney’s Office as a misdemeanor and juvenile deputy. Within two years of his appointment, Felton was prosecuting major felony drug and person crimes. During his career with the district attorney’s office, Felton kept our community safe by securing lengthy jail and prison sentences that took violent criminals, repeat property offenders, and high-volume drug dealers off the streets.

Felton served for four years at the City of Salem as an Assistant City Attorney, in charge of litigation. He represented every city department in Oregon’s state and federal courts. Felton had a strong record of defeating frivolous lawsuits, which resulted in cost savings to the citizens of Salem.

Appointed Chairperson of the Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision, Felton reviewed the cases of Oregon’s most violent criminals. He was a vigilant protector of the public’s safety, ensuring that notorious offenders such as Diane Downs stayed behind bars. As part of his official duties with the Parole Board, Felton served on the Attorney General’s Victims’ Rights Enforcement Workgroup, the Governor’s Re-Entry Council, and the Prison Population Forecast Commission.

As Polk County District Attorney since 2013, Felton remains committed to the values of offender accountability, victim advocacy, crime prevention, and community safety. He leads a team of attorneys that prosecute those crimes that most affect Polk County residents and families, including child, elder, and drug abuse, domestic violence, and sex offenses. Felton has also collaborated with community partners, local leaders, and citizens to restore critically needed funding to Polk County’s public safety system.

Felton grew up in Salem, graduating from South Salem High School in 1985. He earned his B.A. from the University of Oregon and his law degree from Willamette University College of Law.

Active and dedicated to the community, Felton has served as president of his homeowners’ association and on the Board of Directors of the YMCA. He has also volunteered for the last 33 years with the Oregon YMCA Youth and Government program, an activity that teaches the values of democracy and good government to high school students.

Aaron and his wife, Michelle, live in West Salem. They have two grown sons and one grandson.



Aaron Felton for Polk County District Attorney