What do Keizer and Newberg have in common?

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Does a Wilshire Drive resident have more in common with someone two blocks down the street, or a professor living two blocks from Newberg’s George Fox University? Some of Keizer’s leaders would argue the former, which is why they don’t particularly like the agreed-upon plan for redrawing House District 25 and Senate District 13, represented by Rep. Kim Thatcher, R – Keizer, and Sen. Larry George, R – Sherwood. That is to say it wasn’t really redrawn at all. In Keizer’s case, the boundary for both the house and senate districts group Keizer with areas to the north and west. The senate district, with Keizer as its southernmost point, reaches as far as Aloha. The city boundary divide is why the  200 block of Wilshire Drive (which is in Salem) are in House District 22 and Senate District 11 (represented by Rep. Betty Komp and Sen. Peter Courtney, both Democrats), while the 400 block of the same street are in Keizer, and part of House Dist. 25 and Senate Dist. 13. And our Senate district’s southern border is along the Salem-Keizer border to the south, but stretches up as far as Washington County. The city manager and mayor have said placing both Keizer and Newberg in the same house and senate districts create competition within the district for the same transportation dollars: The...

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