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Mayor: I’ll run for a sixth term in office if…

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Of the Keizertimes

Keizer’s current – and longest-serving – mayor is still mulling whether to run for a sixth term.

Lore Christopher, who has been in the seat since 2000, said creating jobs would be her focus should she choose to run again. In particular, she’d like to see a corporate business park “or some type of industry” established along with a medical center at Keizer Station.

She said she’s pleased with the likelihood of Salem Radiology building an office at Lockhaven Drive and McLeod Lane, but wants to see whether her goals could be accomplished in another two-year term.

She believes attracting these types of businesses will not only bring jobs with them, but will encourage surrounding economic development.

“If I could accomplish those things in the next 24 months I would probably run for office,” Christopher said. “If I think I can’t, if I’m just going to hang out, then probably not. And I just don’t know yet.”

Longtime Keizerite Dave Bauer has been mentioned as a possible candidate, but he has yet to publicly declare whether he’ll seek the seat.

Christopher said she feels good about 2010, characterizing 2009 in terms of projects moving forward as a lost year. She believes the transit center will break ground in 2010, and wants to see progress on the urban growth boundary expansion debate.

But she acknowledged public service – while worth it – leaves not-so-much time for an outside life.

“I can’t belong to a bowling league or a softball league – that’s the choice you have to make … you’re married to Keizer,” she said. “You have to be 100 percent committed.”