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Barbara Jensen elects to not run for council


Of the Keizertimes

Once in 2014 is enough for Barbara Jensen.

The Keizer resident, who lost to Bill Post in the Republican primary for the House District 25 seat being vacated by Kim Thatcher, was rumored to be close to filing for a run at the Keizer City Council.

Specifically, it was thought Jensen would be running for seat No. 4 against former longtime city employee Roland Herrera.

Not so, according to Jensen.

“I was approached and considered; at this time I am focused on family priorities and IT consulting with the City of Portland and will not run this year,” Jensen said on July 3.

Had Jensen decided to run, it would have meant a second contested battle this fall. Amy Ripp and Matt Chappell, as mentioned last week in the Keizertimes, are battling for the position 5 seat being vacated by current council president Joe Egli.

Current councilor Cathy Clark is the only one so far to file for mayor, a position Lore Christopher is leaving after 14 years. Former councilor Brandon Smith is running for council position 6 in an effort to rejoin the council.

Candidates have until the end of the day Aug. 26 to file.

Jensen was a relative political unknown when she announced her bid against local talk show personality Post. Post won May’s primary with 79 percent of the votes and is facing Chuck Lee in the November general election.

Jensen first got experience in politics with her Spirit of 45 efforts to gain recognition of the service and sacrifice of the World War II generation. Last year, Gov. John Kitzhaber signed legislation declaring the second Sunday of each August as Spirit of 45 Day.

“I continue to keep the flag high for veterans, now promoting the Spirit of 45 in 2014 and working with

Brigadier General Thayer and Major General Hokanson for the 70th anniversary (in 2015),” Jensen said.