Day: October 8, 2012

Smith announces write-in run to keep council seat

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Months after announcing he was out of the running for re-election to his Keizer City Council seat, Brandon Smith says he’s seeking another term as a write-in. Ken LeDuc, vice president of the West Keizer Neighborhood Association, is the only candidate who qualified for the ballot in Position No. 2.  He and Smith clashed at last week’s Keizer City Council meeting as LeDuc was testifying before the council, with LeDuc criticizing Smith for taking notes on an iPad during LeDuc’s testimony. “I did not decide to run again because Mr. LeDuc came after me about typing during a meeting,” said Smith, who said LeDuc exhibited a “control and command” campaign style. “I’ve heard from many people who witnessed Monday’s Council session, and felt it was Mr. LeDuc who displayed a disrespectful and controlling attitude towards the council,” he said. LeDuc said he reached out to Smith at a Keizer Chamber of Commerce event, and found the two have a lot in common. “He’s a father, and grandfather, he’s got a student at McNary (High School),” LeDuc said. “We both love Keizer Rapids Park and this community.” LeDuc said there was consensus for a polite campaign. Smith said “a number” of people asked him if he would accept a write-in campaign. “I believe everything happens for a reason and sometimes we can’t know or...

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Celts conquer Vikings in 26-19 win

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity football team snapped a three-game losing slide and got its first Central Valley Conference win over North Salem High School, 26-19. The Celts and Vikings tied the game twice before McNary took a lead it never relinquished in a game where the team appeared to finally strike a balance between running and passing that produced regular points. Head coach Isaac Parker credited McNary’s offensive line with turning a corner in the game. “Our O-line stepped up this week. They have been on a long journey in understanding our offense and they took some big steps forward in practice last week,” he said. “The run game makes the throws easier and we experienced some of that this week. We also competed better. Our kids on the sidelines, on the field, and during plays were noticeably different than the previous week. Something in them clicked last week and they learned how to play the game of football the right way.” After a scoreless first quarter, McNary finally pushed deep into Viking territory on a Brett Hildebrand 23-yard run putting the Celts on the North 27-yard line. McNary quarterback Hayden Gosling connected with Garrett Hittner giving the team another first down. Hildebrand carried the ball to the Viking three-yard line and Cody Bond handed off the ball to Hittner who swung right and...

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Forums, debate aim to educate voters

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A bevy of local organizations and your hometown newspaper aim to make sure local voters understand the choices they’ll be asked to make in November’s local election. A mayoral debate, two candidate meet-and-greets and a business-oriented forum on statewide ballot measures are all slated in coming weeks as Keizer voters prepare to fill out their ballots. The Keizertimes is hosting a debate on Tuesday, Oct. 9 between Mayor Lore Christopher and challenger David McKane, a city councilor for the past eight years. The debate format between the two mayoral candidates is designed to draw out differences between them. That event, set for 7 p.m. at the Keizer Civic Center, will also include a forum featuring Marlene Quinn, Matthew Chappell and Eamon Bishop, all of whom are seeking the same Keizer City Council position. The city’s at-large election system allows candidates to choose which seat to run for, and are not bound by geographic wards or districts. Two council seats, sought by local attorney and former Mayor Dennis Koho, and West Keizer Neighborhood Association Vice President Ken LeDuc, are unopposed. All told, three new councilors will be seated in January 2013, possibly alongside a new mayor. Earlier that day, the Keizer Chamber of Commerce is presenting arguments in favor of and in opposition to several statewide ballot measures that could affect the local business community....

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