Council: It’s Kim Freeman

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Audience members, including husband Ron Freeman, applaud after Kim Freeman (left) is announced as the new Keizer City Councilor during a special meeting Monday evening. Freeman will be sworn in and starts serving on June 17. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

Audience members, including husband Ron Freeman, applaud after Kim Freeman (left) is announced as the new Keizer City Councilor during a special meeting Monday evening. Freeman will be sworn in and starts serving on June 17. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Kim Freeman helped make history Monday night.

Freeman was appointed Monday to the Keizer City Council seat vacated last month by Ken LeDuc. Freeman was one of seven candidates – and the only female – to give a five-minute presentation to councilors during a special session.

Four of the six councilors voted for Freeman after presentations were finished. Freeman will be sworn in at the start of the June 17 council meeting.

With Freeman, 50, joining council, a majority of councilors are now females. Mayor Lore Christopher noted that’s a first in Keizer history. Cathy Clark and Marlene Quinn are also on council.

“I’m very surprised,” Freeman said afterwards. “Each of the candidates were fabulous. There was great experience in the room tonight.”

Christopher, Quinn, Clark and Jim Taylor all voted for Freeman. Joe Egli voted for Kevin Hohnbaum while Dennis Koho voted for Roland Herrera. The other candidates were Ronald Bersin, Eamon Bishop, Matt Chappell and Erick Peterson. Mark Miedema had applied, but dropped out.


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