Mayor Lore Christopher announced last week she’ll seek a sixth term.
Already Keizer’s longest-serving mayor – and its first woman in the top job – Christopher announced on Facebook and in the McNary Estates newsletter last week she would seek the post again.
“I had fully intended this to be my final year in office,” Christopher wrote, but she said she was seeking re-election to complete three projects she had said would influence whether she would run again.
Describing 2009 as a year where projects stagnated due to a lousy economy, she said a resolution to Keizer’s shared urban growth boundary with Salem – and, along with it, the city’s prospects for outward growth – needed to happen “to accommodate our desire to control our own destiny and determine if and where we want to expand our urban growth boundary.”
In particular, she wants to see the beginnings of a corporate business park “to accommodate business opportunities.”
She also wants to bring a doctor’s clinic, which she said could “improve access to medical care and urgent care facilities as well as provide local high-wage jobs.”
Christopher also said she wants to see the urban renewal district end, which would return some funds back to the Keizer Fire District as well as other government agencies.
Whether she will run unopposed remains to be seen. Dave Bauer, a longtime Keizer Fire District volunteer whose family aided in the city’s founding in 1982, is mulling a run for the top office, but as of press time had yet to make a decision.
Meanwhile, three city councilors – Richard Walsh, Jim Taylor and Cathy Clark – are all up for re-election. All have said they will run again.
Two non-incumbents, Neil Madison and Gary Blake, picked up petitions to run for office. Blake told the Keizertimes he was not running this year, citing work obligations.
As for Madison, he’s a 20-year Keizerite who said he’s “afraid for the small businesses” in town.
“I don’t want to see Keizer grow as big as it has,” he said, lamenting that a larger population could push smaller businesses aside.
“I’ve dealt with several people along River Road, and I see them, on occasion, and they have a look in their eye of most people now with the economy – Will they bring in a big-box and put me out of business?” Madkson said.
He’s a member of John Knox Presbyterian Church and was involved in raising funds for flood relief in 1996. He currently does consulting work for a Salem used car dealer.
Madison has yet to decide which seat he would seek.
“I don’t have a problem with anyone, really, on the city council,” he said. “I just want to make sure people like me have been complaining know, Neil’s on council and he’s going to make sure things are done in the right way so we can all prosper and thrive.”