By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
So far, we know for sure of one person running to be Keizer’s mayor.
That’s not longtime incumbent Lore Christopher.
As has been reported in the Keizertimes in recent weeks, Christopher announced last month she will indeed not be running for an eighth time this fall. Christopher, Keizer’s first female mayor, has held the position since being elected in 2000.
In 2012, Christopher faced competition for the first time in a decade, in the form of councilor David McKane. Fellow councilors Cathy Clark and Joe Egli had also filed paperwork to run for mayor, but both ultimately decided to retain their council seats.
Two years later, Clark has come out and declared she is indeed running for mayor this year, making her the first official candidate.
The Keizertimes asked both Egli and McKane recently if they intend to run for mayor.
The 2012 battle between McKane and Christopher was contentious and McKane’s brief comments when asked about this year’s plans seemed to indicate wounds remain.
“I’m happy Lore Christopher is not going to be mayor next year,” McKane said on Tuesday. “As far as me, it’s only February 18.”
Egli, meanwhile, indicated a desire to run for the top seat.
“I’ve had a lot of encouraging comments about running for mayor,” the current council president said last week. “I’m not yet decided. I don’t have to submit paperwork until June. As contentious as council was two years ago, I’m not wanting to declare my answer. I have a couple of big things to clear off first. There are a couple of personal things to take care of, then I can start looking at things objectively.
“I would love to run for mayor and I think I would do a great job,” Egli added. “I should know in about a month. I’ve had a lot of people calling to ask me.”
During her final State of the City address last week, Christopher noted she wouldn’t be endorsing anyone until she sees the entire field.
There had been some talk about former councilor Richard Walsh, now a member of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and co-chair of The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park community build project, could be interested in making a run.
However, Walsh poured some cold water on that idea when asked about it last month.
“The answer is no,” Walsh said firmly.