State races feature four current Keizer residents

Redistricting legislation passed last year impacted both the federal and local election map for Keizer voters. The city is now located in Oregon Senate District 11 and Oregon House District 21.

Oregon Senate District 11 – Republicans

Kim Thatcher is currently a member of the Oregon State Senate, representing District 13 – a position she has held since 2015. She attended Portland State University and has owned/operated two local businesses: Highway Specialties and KT Contracting Company. She has also worked as an accountant, computer lab technician, construction project manager, contractor, equipment operator and software developer.

Oregon Senate District 11 – Democrats

Anthony Rosilez is a Keizer resident who currently sits on the town’s Community Diversity Engagement Committee. He earned a law degree from UCLA and received a Congressional Medal for his achievements. He has worked as a science teacher, ecologist, school administrator, superintendent and teacher training instructor.

Eric Swenson is an instructor at the University of the Pacific and a small business owner. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from Lewis & Clark University. He has taken classes at every school in District 11, including serving as a bilingual instructor in the Salem-Keizer School District. He also served as Mayor of Woodburn and a member of the boards of the Salem Public Library, Salem Transit, Woodburn Parks, and the Woodburn Budget Committee.

Richard Walch is a former member of the Keizer City Council and a practicing attorney in Oregon since 1986, who has his own law firm based in Keizer. Walsh served two terms on the city council and was elected president twice. He is credited with spearheading the creation of Keizer Rapids Park.

Keizer voters will also elect a representative to fill the District 21 seat. There are five candidates in this race.

Oregon House District 21 – Republicans

Kevin Mannix holds a law degree from the University of Virginia and has worked as an assistant attorney general for Oregon, the Territory of Guam, and as an administrative law judge. He worked as a private insurance defense attorney in Portland and also opened his own firm in Salem in 1986, specializing in business and nonprofit law. Mannix served in the Oregon House from 1986 to 1996 as a Democrat. He switched parties in 1997. He was nominated for a partial term in the Oregon Senate and was re-elected to the Oregon House in 1998. He served as Vice Chairman of the Oregon Republican Party from 1999 to 2001.

Kyler McNaught was born in Salem and raised in Keizer. He worked in construction for a roofing company and currently works as a forklift operator.

Oregon House District 21 – Democrats

Robert Husseman is a data and financial analyst for Nike and earned an MBA from Willamette University.

Dave McCall is a California native who has lived in the Keizer area for 20 years, where he worked for an armored car service until 2012. He attempted to overthrow District 25 incumbent Bill Post in 2018.

Ramiro Navarro Jr. was born in Keizer and served in the United States Army from 2008 to 2011. He attended Chemeketa Community College after his service and has since worked as a Veterans Program Coordinator, Peer Support Specialist, and Certified Mechanic. He is affiliated with Disabled American Veterans.

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