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 understand the path laid out before us,” Smith said. “But I do know this: If a majority of voters in Keizer write my name on the ballot for Position #2, I will serve again.”