Longtime city volunteer sets sights on council seat

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Marlene Quinn has filed paperwork to seek a Keizer City Council seat. She said she plans to run for Position 3, currently held by Mark Caillier, who announced recently that he’s not running again. But Quinn, 54, is no stranger to Keizer City Hall: Over the past decade-and-a-half she has served on the Keizer Urban Renewal Board and currently sits on the Volunteer Coordinating Committee. She’s had two separate stints on the Parks Advisory Board and currently volunteers for the Keizer Parks Foundation, a private nonprofit. “I’ve been familiar with what the council does and what they do for the city, and now I feel like I have the time and commitment it takes to be a city councilor,” Quinn said. As of late, she’s also been working part-time for the city as an event host for the civic center. She said she would be willing to step back from that work if it conflicted with council business. Formerly she worked for the Northwest Grocery Association, and before that taught elementary school for Portland Public Schools. She is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Recently she worked as a legislative aid to Rep. Vic Gilliam. The “wow” factor is what drove her to move to Keizer in the mid 1990s, she said. “I went down River Road and saw this nice little...

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