The race is on for city council

In November, Keizer residents will get the chance to vote on three open city council seats, but only one will be a contested race. Keizertimes spoke with the candidates for Position 1, Allen Barker and Laura Reid, about their visions for the city and what they think they can bring to a role on the city council. By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When Allen Barker was looking to relocate his family to Oregon a few years ago, he and his wife used Keizer as a base of operations. As they investigated other towns in the Willamette Valley and beyond, they soon realized they enjoyed Keizer just as much as any other place they’d visited. Soon they were drilling down in to what made the city so enticing. “I started asking questions about how Keizer was doing so much with what seemed to be a very small budget. I wanted to know how they were able to do it, and that’s when I discovered the city’s history of volunteerism,” Barker said. They moved to the Iris Capital in May 2015 and, not long after, Barker volunteered for the city’s budget committee. In doing so, his respect for the city and its leaders only grew. “We’ve done miraculous things with only a little bit of money because of our city staff doing an incredible job of keeping expenses down,”...

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