Local election ballot set

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The mayor’s seat and one council seat will see contested elections this fall.

Here’s what we do know: No matter who wins, three new faces will be on the Keizer City Council next year.

David McKane is running for mayor against incumbent Lore Christopher, which means he isn’t running for re-election to his council position. It’s the first time since 2002 that Christopher has faced an opponent.

A three-way race for Position 3 on the city council is underway between Eamon Bishop, Matthew Chappell and Marlene Quinn. Bishop is a retired police officer and sits on an advisory committee for transportation and bikeway issues. Chappell is on the planning commission. Quinn is on the volunteer coordinating committee and has previously been on the Keizer Urban Renewal Board and the Parks Advisory Board.

This race is the first contested election for a council position in four years.

Ken LeDuc, vice president of the West Keizer Neighborhood Association and frequently a vocal critic of the current city council, is also virtually guaranteed a seat. LeDuc works as a territory manager for an internet security firm. He is running unopposed in the position when Brandon Smith chose not to seek re-election.

Dennis Koho, a local attorney and former mayor and city councilor, is the only candidate seeking McKane’s seat.

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