Exiting stage left

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes When Jim Taylor and Lore Christopher joined the Keizer City Council, the Keizer Civic Center was only a dream. Last Saturday night, Taylor and Christopher formally said goodbye to public office during an event at the civic center. Christopher had served as Keizer’s mayor for 14 years, while Taylor was on the council for 12 years. Also honored at the event was Joe Egli, who served on council for four years and also emceed the event. Each of the three gave speeches, mixed in with thoughts from several others including new mayor Cathy Clark, who spoke early but had to leave for another event. Egli recalled Richard Walsh asking him to run for council in 2010. Egli did so and won. “I appreciate your faith in me and this opportunity,” Egli said. “Every one of us loves Keizer. It’s about making the best decisions we can. We love our city.” Egli referenced having more hair in the past and joked that played a role in him not running again last year. “I still have some hair left after four years. Look at Taylor,” Egli said, pointing to the bald former councilor. “He ran for 12 years.” Walsh was among those speaking, along with fellow former councilors Mike Gaynor and Jacque Moir, who gave an in-depth look at Keizer’s history. Marion County Commissioner Sam...

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