Longtime resident and real estate agent Robin Risley has announced her intention to run for the Cannon Beach City Council.
Risley intends to vie for the seat held by City Councilor George Vetter, who announced earlier this year he will not seek re-election.
Mayor Sam Steidel also announced his re-election campaign at the Tuesday, July 3, City Council meeting.
Over the course of three decades, Risley has served on several boards and committees, including the Cannon Beach and Clatsop County planning commissions, the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission and Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce board. She was also appointed the president of the Clatsop Association of Realtors last year.
Her decision is largely driven by timing, as she will be ending terms as a planning commissioner and chamber board member this year.
“I love Cannon Beach, and I want to be a part of the decision-making,” Risley said.
If elected, Risley would work on finding solutions for the Cannon Beach Elementary School property, rebuilding City Hall and other capital projects on the city’s plate. Priorities for Risley are bolstering the arts, as well as preserving the character of Cannon Beach for both full-time residents and tourists.
“Keeping the culture of the community I think is a high priority,” Risley said.
Steidel, elected in 2014, wants to run again to keep working on “unfinished business.” He also said he “didn’t get a sense of someone else stepping up.”
“It would be nice to have some kind of a horse race, though,” he said.
Many of the priorities Steidel held in his last campaign remain the same, including purchasing the Cannon Beach Elementary School site, developing the 55-acre South Wind property and building affordable housing.
Most of these issues have been stalled during his first term, but Steidel hopes a fresh staff at City Hall and the benefit of council continuity will lead to progress.
“You have to keep discussions going to get to our goals,” he said.
There are three council positions on the ballot in November, including Steidel’s seat. City Councilor Mike Benefield has not indicated whether he plans to run again.