Meet the new mayor (with VIDEO)

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes On Jan. 5, Cathy Clark takes over as Keizer’s new mayor. Clark is a longtime educator and a lifetime learner who is always eager to learn something new. Those who know basics about Clark or have watched her serve for the last eight years on the Keizer City Council may not be surprised by that. Probably fewer people know Clark has taught Sunday School for 25 years, mainly at the kindergarten or elementary level. The mom of four never has trouble remembering her anniversary to husband Kevin: they got married in December 1982, just weeks after Keizer was officially incorporated as a city. Kevin is a retired firefighter with the Marion County Fire District who is currently deputy chief at West Valley Fire District. If you need to talk about Star Trek with someone, you can meet Clark during one of her Coffee With Cathy monthly meetings and chat away. “I’m a diehard, long-term, hard-core Trekkie,” Clark said this week with a laugh. “I’ve been a Star Trek fan since I was 12. Am I a nerd? Yes, and proud of it. I’ve been a nerd all my life.” Clark was born in Los Angeles, fitting since her parents met at UCLA. Her dad was an electrical engineer who also had a furniture business his mom had started. “I grew up around engineering...

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