POLITICS

Library measure fails

Measure 24-468 was defeated by a 55%-45% margin in Tuesday’s election. If approved the measure would have added a $2.50 per month fee to city services bills to fund a public library.

Currently Keizer residents have the all-volunteer Keizer Community Library, housed at the Keizer Cultural Center.The $2.50 fee would have generated about $400,000 per year which would have funded a professional librarian and a children’s librarian.

Thatcher earns third term

Republican Kim Thatcher was elected to her third term as a state senator for District 11 in Tuesday’s election over challenger Democrat Richard Walsh.

Election results from the Secretary of State’s office as of Wednesday morning, Nov. 9, showed Thatcher with 53.17% (15,702 votes) to Walsh’s 46.61% (13,809 votes). There was also a handful of write-ins.

Mannix wins closer than expected race

Republican Kevin Mannix won his race for state House District 21 against Democrat Ramiro Navarro.

 Returns as of Wednesday morning, Nov. 9, showed Mannix winning 51.7% (9,521 votes) against 45.6% (8,377 votes) for Navarro. Libertarian candidate Michael Morrow won 2.5% (467 votes).

Thatcher leads Walsh for Senate

State Republican Senator Kim Thatcher is expected to retain her District 11 seat for another term as it appears that she defeated Democratic challenger Richard Walsh, an attorney and former Keizer city councilor. Unofficial votes at 9:15 pm Tuesday night, from the secretary of state’s office, showed Thatcher with 15,065[Read More…]

Library fee measure defeated

Measure 24-468l that would establish a library services fee is headed to defeat by a 55-45 margin. If approved the measure would have added a $2.50 per month fee to city services bills to fund a public library. Currently Keizer residents have the all-volunteer Keizer Community Library, housed at the[Read More…]

Drazan, Johnson, Kotek spar over guns, abortion, homelessness in first Oregon governor debate

BY JULIA SHUMWAY of the Oregon Capital Chronicle Oregon gubernatorial candidates, from left, Christine Drazan, Tina Kotek and Betsy Johnson, participate in a debate hosted by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association in Welches. (Screenshot) The three women running to be Oregon’s next governor sparred over abortion, homelessness, guns and climate[Read More…]