Of the Keizertimes

A ballot measure that failed by less than 40 votes may come back to voters in 2012.

Representatives from Keep Keizer Livable, the organization that backed the measure, told the Keizertimes that “you can certainly watch for another big box proposal in the 2012 election,” and the group could also back one or more Keizer City Council candidates in 2012.

The mayoral chair and three council positions – those currently held by David McKane, Brandon Smith and Mark Caillier – are up for election that year. The group didn’t specify whom might be targeted.

“Where we lost by 34 votes we could very easily win by 20 percent in 2012,” said Jeff Anderson, a Keep Keizer Livable member. He’s also secretary-treasurer of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555, a labor union that contributed heavily to Keep Keizer Livable’s efforts to restrict retail buildings larger than 65,000 square feet to the currently-developed portion of Keizer Station.

Anderson said he expects more attention paid to Keizer from all levels of political campaigns due to the group’s efforts.