COVID-19 changed the way political candidates campaigned in 2020. In Keizer, where grassroots, door-to-door canvassing has been the norm, candidates relied on social media, lawn signs and advertising to promote themselves.
In January 2021 the council will seat an incumbent and two new members.
Laura Reid won election to her second term. Her historical knowledge will position her as a key councilor since Marlene Parsons and Kim Freeman did not seek re-election. Parsons and Freeman both will have served two terms when they make way for their replacements.
Ross Day and Kyle Juran will be Keizer’s newest councilors when they are sworn into office on Jan. 4.
Ross Day, an attorney with his own firm, specializes in land use, real estate and business law. As the city moves forward on discussions about future growth and any expansion of the Urban Growth Boundary, his experience will help navigate Keizer through the the process. His fellow councilors will do well to turn to Day for advice and information that will be important to laying the groundwork for growth.
Kyle Juran will bring to the council a background and experience that will be as important as Day’s land use knowledge. Juran is the owner of Remodeling by Classic Homes in Keizer and he has served on the Keizer Planning Commission. He will be able to confidently discuss growth issues and the accompanying aesthetic components.
We welcome Day and Juran to the council and look forward to their contributions.