Day: July 9, 2014

Ripp looks forward to her run at city council

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes When Amy Ripp decided to run for a spot on the Keizer City Council, it wasn’t a spur of the moment decision. The younger of the single mom’s two sons, Zachary, is entering his senior year at McNary High School. Older son Ryan is studying political science at Western Oregon University. “I’ve been a single mother for 18 years,” Ripp said. “The boys are old enough now, I can make the full-time effort. I feel I can take it to the next level.” Ripp made the final decision in May to run for the council No. 5 seat being vacated by Joe Egli, who last month announced he’s not running for either council or mayor this year. Ripp is up against Matt Chappell, the current Keizer Planning Commission member who ran for council against Marlene Quinn and Eamon Bishop in 2012. “I’d been considering it for years,” Ripp said of running. For Ripp, the considering wasn’t merely tossing the idea around in her head. She decided to do some research. “I took several months and did my due diligence,” said Ripp, who was raised in Keizer after coming here at age 1. “I attended several council meetings, went to task force meetings and asked a lot of questions. I asked a lot of people around Salem and Keizer, what they loved and didn’t...

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Chappell running for city council for a second time

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It doesn’t get much easier for Matt Chappell the second time around. Like he did in 2012, Chappell is once again running for Keizer City Council, this time against Amy Ripp for the seat No. 5 being vacated by Joe Egli. In 2012, Chappell came in third in a three-way battle with victor Marlene Quinn and Eamon Bishop, garnering 21 percent of the vote. This time Chappell is going against another female with strong local name recognition in Ripp. “I know Amy Ripp is running for the same position and has support from practically the whole city,” Chappell said with a chuckle. “I will just go forward.” Despite falling short in his bid two years ago, Chappell got plenty of positives from the experience. “It really got me out and involved more in the community, interacting with the public,” said Chappell, who has been on the Keizer Planning Commission for three years. “It was good for me to step out of my comfort zone. It has given me experience with the process. I know a little more now what to expect. I just have more experience this time.” Chappell has enjoyed serving Keizer on the Planning Commission and wants to make an impact in the bigger picture. “I see a lot that’s going on in the world and nation that I disagree with,”...

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