By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
Keizer’s Kim Thatcher is running for a new political seat at the state level.
At the same time, fellow Republican and radio show host Bill Post has announced he is running for Thatcher’s current seat.
Thatcher currently represents House District 25, which covers Keizer, Newberg and St. Paul. On Tuesday she announced she is running for the Senate District 13 seat being vacated by Larry George.
“It’s time for me to move to the next level and run for the Oregon Senate,” Thatcher said. “I’ve been honored to serve in the Oregon House of Representatives over the past 10 years and work closely with Senator Larry George on a number of important issues. Senator George’s skills and leadership will be missed. I will do my best to go forward in some of the key areas the senator and I have worked on and look for new opportunities to help the citizens of our great state.”
The Senate District 13 seat covers Thatcher’s current areas in addition to Wilsonville, Sherwood, King City, Bull Mountain and parts of both Hillsboro and Tigard.
An owner of two small businesses, Thatcher currently serves on the Joint Committee on Legislative Audits, Information Management and Technology, House Committee On Consumer Protection and Government Efficiency, the House Committee on Rural Communities, the House Small Business Taskforce, the Transparency Oregon Advisory Commission and the E-Government Portal Advisory Board.
Less than a minute after Thatcher made her announcement, Post made clear his intentions to take over Thatcher’s current seat. Post has been a broadcaster for 30 years and currently is a conservative talk show host on 1430 KYKN in Keizer.
“I love Oregon and I want to make a difference in peoples’ lives” Post said. “I have been so fortunate to have Representative Kim Thatcher as my state representative and now I am thrilled and want to continue, and even extend the great work she has already done over the past 10 years in our district.”
Post hopes to get the state “back on track” and wants to make a difference.
“I am a small government, low taxes, fiscal and social conservative Republican, and much like the good people of Keizer, St. Paul, Newberg and all of House District 25, I am very concerned with the direction our state has gone, under what has effectively been one-party rule for more than 25 years,” he said. “In the last five years of talking, interviewing and engaging with folks on the radio, I have come to understand that the people of Oregon are tired of the same old politicians. I am not a politician, I am a working man who wants my family, friends and neighbors to succeed and prosper.”
Thatcher has given Post her endorsement.
“I have enjoyed my many, many chats with Bill Post on his radio show and found him to be extremely valuable to Oregon and the people of the 25th District,” Thatcher said. “He has insight and understands the needs of Oregon and its people and I am proud to endorse and support Bill for House District 25 in 2014.”