Day: March 13, 2014

Chuck Lee announces run for District 25 seat

Longtime Keizer resident and Salem-Keizer School Board vice chairman Chuck Lee announced his candidacy for Oregon State Representative on Wednesday, March 12. “I am committed to growing Oregon’s economic vitality,” said Lee, president of the Mountain West Career and Technical Institute. “With strategic investment and innovative public private partnerships we can develop a workforce that is so highly skilled and trained that our state becomes a magnet for new businesses and supports existing regional industry.” Lee, who will run as an independent, seeks to fill the seat currently held by Rep. Kim Thatcher, who is running for state Senate. Bill Post and Barbara Jensen have previously announced their candidacy to run as Republicans. “My non-partisan experience the last 14 years serving on the Keizer City Council and the Salem-Keizer School Board has shown me that when we can remove a pre-disposed definition of values and votes, we build a strong foundation for transparent and honest conversation and sound decision making,” Lee said. As the former president of Blanchet Catholic School, Lee states his main priorities are rooted in his experience working with educators, children and their families, elected officials, community leaders and businesses that are committed to an Oregon that thrives and comes together in spite of tough economic challenges. He helped build Blanchet into a school that graduates 95 percent of students onto four year colleges. “When leadership...

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WKNA leader gives her site preference for The Big Toy

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Her group hasn’t had a chance to do a survey, but Rhonda Rich knows her personal preference for the play structure siting. Rich, president of the West Keizer Neighborhood Association (WKNA), had planned to have members fill out a survey about The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park play structure at last month’s WKNA meeting. In particular Rich wanted to know where members wanted to see the play structure go. Siting became an issue recently when Mayor Lore Christopher began lobbying for a space in the orchards on Chemawa Road, as opposed to the “Site 1” location between the amphitheater and the boat ramp. However, there were several presentations made during the meeting. As a result, there wasn’t a chance to go over the survey. She expects the survey to be part of this month’s meeting, set for March 13 at 7 p.m. at Keizer Civic Center. Rich has spoken at recent council meetings regarding her preference for the play structure’s siting and has stayed consistent. “I think the location by the river (Site 1) is a more visible location where people are,” Rich said. “I just think it’s a better place than right along the road. Some of the other issues with the orchard site are the spraying and the dirt. I think it’s a better location by the amphitheater. With the...

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