By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
Keizer Mayor Cathy Clark announced she will seek a third term as the elected leader of the city in an interview with the Keizertimes Tuesday, Feb. 6.
Clark, who has served two terms as mayor and four as a city councilor prior to that, said the city is still in a transitional period and more work needs to be done.
“We’ve done a lot of really good things but some were starting to show some wear around the edges. The funding that we had was not meeting the needs for some time with police and parks,” Clark said. “ We have a seriously understaffed city, and we’ve done all we can with technology and the tremendous talents of city staff. We have other departments where we need to take that look.”
When asked for an example, she cited management of the Keizer Civic Center.
“We started off putting those responsibilities on the city recorder. Tracy (Davis) has done a wonderful job of establishing policies and procedures that work, but she is going to want to retire … eventually. We will reach a point where we need additional personnel and we will have to have the resources available,” Clark said.
Given a city budget that is drum-tight, Clark she said she didn’t have the immediate answer to solve the question of funding, “but I know who to ask,” she said.
In addition to mayor’s seat, the terms of three sitting city councilors – Bruce Anderson, Roland Herrera and Amy Ryan – expire in January 2019. Candidates can file to run for the soon-to-be open seats anytime before Aug. 28 for the November general election. The only requirements are having lived in Keizer for the 12 months preceding the election and filing a petition with the city by gathering 120 qualified elector signatures. Candidates do not need to declare a party affiliation to run.
(Editor’s note: The February 17 edition of the Keizertimes will feature a more in-depth conversation with Clark aand her vision for a third term.)