W. Keizer activist plans council run

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K. LeDuc

By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes

Ken LeDuc has spent his fair share of time in Keizer’s city hall testifying on issues ranging from noise at Keizer Rapids Park to the community’s future population.

Now LeDuc, a 58-year-old territory manager for an internet security company, has decided to seek a city council seat.

Whether it’s one that’s vacant or has an incumbent seeking re-election remains to be seen.

“I’m getting some input, seeing where I would be best effective,” LeDuc said.

Having moved to Keizer in 2007 from Mission Viejo, LeDuc dived into community involvement. He’s the current vice president of the West Keizer Neighborhood Association and is chairing an effort to build a new big toy at Willamette Manor Park.

He echoed some statements by Councilor David McKane – who’s seeking the mayor’s seat – namely, that he feels communication between citizens and government has become problematic.

“The people on the council are working hard,” LeDuc said. “But what happens is you get so focused on the task at hand that the communication part of it gets a little lagged.”

He felt that input is welcomed, but generally only at a point when decisions have already been made.

“It’s either too late to find out the information or it’s too late to really have input that would alter or contribute to that, and we’ve been playing catch up,” LeDuc said.

LeDuc said ways to do that include resuming the town halls started by the city council last year.

He said he wants to serve as a bridge between Keizer Fire and Marion County Fire District No. 1, hoping that his detachment from the issue could position him as a neutral party.

He felt the Area C master plan – which was eventually remanded back to the city by the Land Use Board of Appeals – could have been vetted more thoroughly.

“If I want to build a five-story house and the neighborhood is only two stories, we have to consider the big picture,” LeDuc said.

If urban renewal were to return in earnest, he said, it should be contingent on a public vote and tightly focused.

Born in Chippewa Falls, Wisc., he holds a degree in marketing management from Woodbury University, and has taken executive graduate courses through American University. His wife, Carrie, is a special education teacher at Leslie Middle School. They have five children: Kevin, Matt, Emma, Elise and Clay, who is currently deployed to
Afghanistan.

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