The Walsh effect

Keizer City Councilor Richard Walsh will conclude 10 years on the council when his term expires next month. Appointed to the council in 2000, Walsh has won two terms at the ballot box. In part one, Walsh reflects on life in the public arena. Next week, Walsh tells us whether he’ll get back into elected politics. Keizertimes: So the first thing you want to do? Richard Walsh: “The first thing I want to do is spend some time with my family. They’re all getting to the age where they’re close to moving out and I’d like to spend some time with them before that happens. My oldest daughter’s 20, my son is 18. They’re both getting into college now. My youngest son is 15, he’s a sophomore in high school. So these are important years, and I want to spend more time with the family.” KT: You grew up in the Portland area. What made you want to build a life in Keizer? RW: “Well, I got a job offer in Salem, and so I was living in west Salem, and as I was living in west Salem we were looking for a church to go to. We visited the various different churches, and I thought St. Edward’s was the most welcoming, the most-down to earth and what we were looking for in a church. So we started going...

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