LETTER: Response to  Oct. 9 editorial

To the Editor:

It’s nearly been two years since I was elected by the citizens of Keizer. When first elected, the learning curve was much greater than I had anticipated; it was like drinking from a firehose at times. The events of 2020 were something I don’t think any of us had any inkling were about be thrust upon us. I’ve learned much thanks to the help of so many amazing people. As I reminisce, I’m amazed at all we were able to accomplish and what continues to unfold still. I humbly thank you for your support. 

When I read in a recent editorial the council “has done the bare minimum,” I was really taken back. Perhaps the writer has not been connected to the events as they transpired. I’m very proud of the work our mayor and council have done. I’m proud of the work our city employees have done. We are extremely fortunate to have a police chief of the stellar quality who leads his team of police better than any force I’ve witnessed. Thank you all for your service to our city. 

We are very blessed to live in such a beautiful and well functioning city. Is it perfect? Of course not, it is still a work in progress. Part of that work in progress was the City Charter update and removal of language inappropriate, illegal and outdated. I wholeheartedly recommend your yes vote on the Keizer City Home Rule Charter revisions (Measure 24-453). 

Because of all I’ve seen and experienced I have some recommendations for your future vote for mayor and councilors. My votes will be cast for Mayor Cathy Clark, Laura Reid, Ross Day and Kyle Juran. I hope you will join me. I have stories about each and welcome any questions as to why they are my pick, please call me, I’d be happy to discuss them. 

While I’m at it, I’d be remiss if I didn’t encourage your vote for a very deserving young lady, Danielle Bethell, for Marion County Commissioner. She will serve our county very well. 

Daniel R. Kohler