Mayor Christopher announces re-election bid

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Mayor Lore Christopher will seek a seventh term as Keizer’s mayor.

First elected in 2000, she has held the position longer than anyone else. Christopher is also Keizer’s first female mayor.

The full text of her press release is below:

It is with great excitement that I announce my campaign for election as your mayor for 2013-2015 term of office. In the past twenty four years that I have lived in Keizer, I have seen this city grow from a small town on the outskirts of Oregon’s capital city to a true hometown with strong local commerce, outstanding schools and reliable public safety. I am proud to call Keizer my hometown and I want to thank each of you who have supported (both financially and emotionally) my efforts to gain and retain this position. I want you to know how much I have appreciated that support – and I want to assure you that I remain committed to our City and our future in the years to come.

Some elected officials have a “platform” or cause for running. Mine is simple. It has not changed in 12 years. I believe that a successful hometown needs affordable government services, available local jobs, parks, recreation and safety for all citizens. While our city has enjoyed great success in many areas, the fundamentals for a vital local economy hold true: local jobs, low cost government and reliable safety. The key ingredient to hold it all together is the right local leadership.

My children are the primary reason that I sought the local public office years ago. I wanted to help all Keizer families by making opportunities available locally in terms of safe streets, family parks and recreation and local job potential (for parents and grown children).

Prior to my election to the Keizer City Council, I volunteered and served as a Keizer Parks Advisory Board Member and Board Member of Keizer Little League for three terms (enough late night softball games will drive anyone to volunteer). I was honored to be elected as a city councilor and remain grateful for your confidence in serving as the first woman Mayor of Keizer. My experience and commitment to our city for the past 12 years has forever changed me personally and I feel I have contributed to our success as Oregon’s 14th largest city, a city known and respected for successfully retaining our small town, low cost approach to government.

I am proud of the accomplishments our city and its excellent staff have solidified under my leadership which include:
– securing the Keizer Station Development and the current 1,500 local jobs there now;
– initiating the River Road Renaissance program that has improved the access to local business while increasing the safety for pedestrians along River Road;
– developing Keizer Rapids Park in partnership with Marion County, the City of Salem and the State of Oregon.

These efforts continue to support our Keizer quality of life while maintaining the lowest tax rate of any full service city in Oregon. With the right vision and local leadership, together, we have made significant impacts to our beloved city in a short amount of time without additional tax payer cost.

If elected, I will continue to champion services that benefit our seniors and Keizer families. The expansion of our local Keizer Community Library is almost complete and this will allow for expansion of our current children’s programming and allow for additional senior programming through volunteer efforts. In early 2013, our local transit station will increase mobility options for seniors, but continued work needs to be done to improve access to medical providers and services locally and to meet senior needs for local discount groceries.

I will focus on the completion of new employers to our Chemawa Exit; the Keizer Transit Station, Salem Radiology’s Regional Office (which will bring 75 new living wage local jobs) and seek to secure additional employers that will provide medical services and a discount grocery option while bringing another 350-500 local jobs to Keizer by providing the services and goods that we need locally.

In the 12 years I have served as your mayor I have met my commitment to maintain the lowest tax burden of any Oregon city while improving services. My pro-business attitude has brought commerce and jobs to our community. I am proud to call Keizer my home and I share this pride with each of you. I ask today that you allow me one more term to continue to lead this great city, and a true hometown with small town values and the right local leadership.

Please contact me with your ideas and priorities at chrisfam1@msn.com or on Facebook at Mayor Lore Christopher.

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