Day: July 17, 2014

Barbara Jensen elects to not run for council

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Once in 2014 is enough for Barbara Jensen. The Keizer resident, who lost to Bill Post in the Republican primary for the House District 25 seat being vacated by Kim Thatcher, was rumored to be close to filing for a run at the Keizer City Council. Specifically, it was thought Jensen would be running for seat No. 4 against former longtime city employee Roland Herrera. Not so, according to Jensen. “I was approached and considered; at this time I am focused on family priorities and IT consulting with the City of Portland and will not run this year,” Jensen said on July 3. Had Jensen decided to run, it would have meant a second contested battle this fall. Amy Ripp and Matt Chappell, as mentioned last week in the Keizertimes, are battling for the position 5 seat being vacated by current council president Joe Egli. Current councilor Cathy Clark is the only one so far to file for mayor, a position Lore Christopher is leaving after 14 years. Former councilor Brandon Smith is running for council position 6 in an effort to rejoin the council. Candidates have until the end of the day Aug. 26 to file. Jensen was a relative political unknown when she announced her bid against local talk show personality Post. Post won May’s primary with 79 percent of the...

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Hildebrand headed to Cali’s Diablo Valley

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Rushing for more than 1,000 yards in a single high school football season is no small feat. McNary High School alum Brett Hildebrand did it twice. Hildebrand rose to become a pillar of the Celtic offense on the gridiron during his junior year and helped pave the way for a redefined Celtic offense under Head Coach Isaac Parker. This fall, he’s headed to play for the Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hills, Calif. “Brett was always the workhorse of our team, but he kept the mood light with a positive attitude,” said Parker. “He’s one of the best running backs in the school’s recent history and the latest in a long line of strong running backs.” The Viking football program has a reputation for attracting top talent and then helping its student-athletes move on to four-year colleges, Parker said. Hildebrand hopes to find a spot as a running back at DVC, but he’s open to playing on both sides of the ball. “I feel like that will increase my chances of coming back to Oregon in a couple of years,” Hildebrand said. Hildebrand was also recruited by some local four-year programs, but the schools’ inability to offer scholarships hampered talks. Despite many of the athletes on the Viking team still looking to move up into other programs, Hildebrand said he likes the...

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