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Local election is over

It ain’t over ‘til it’s over. And now it’s over.

Laura Reid was officially declared the winner in her race for Keizer City Council Position 1 over Allen Barker this week by the Marion County elections divison. She won by 109 votes out of a total of more than 12,300 cast. There’s a lesson here for everybody: every vote counts.

The race between Reid and Barker was not acrimonious, it was hardly even in the public eye. It was a race between two people who care about the place they call home and wanted to do their part to keep it the livable city it is.

The city of Keizer is a winner here, too. As we said in this space before, by electing Reid we get a new voice on the council and Barker’s business expertise remains on the budget committee. If only all elections had a beneficial outcome like this one.

We expect good things from Councilor-elect Reid. There will be important issues she will have to become familiar with. And fast.