Pamela Wev, an Astoria land use planning consultant, has announced she will run for a Clatsop County Board of Commissioners seat held by Lisa Clement.
Wev, 70, applied for a Port of Astoria Commission vacancy created last year when Robert Mushen resigned due to health reasons. The commission eventually tapped retired Coast Guard Capt. Robert Stevens of Warrenton.
Clement, part-owner of Clemente’s Seafood, has said she is undecided about whether she will seek re-election in District 3. Peter Roscoe, the former Astoria city councilor and owner of Fulio’s Pastaria, has filed for the position.
District 3 covers parts of Astoria as well as Miles Crossing, Jeffers Garden, Lewis and Clark, Youngs River, Olney, Green Mountain and parts of Walluski
In her 30 years of land use planning experience, Wev has consulted clients in government and private sectors on development, zoning and feasibility studies. Government organizations have worked with her to help chart and manage growth.
She also spent five years in former Portland Mayor Vera Katz’ administration as a member of a newly formed board that evaluated the results of policy decisions on public life.
“You deserve leadership who understands how county decisions affect people,” Wev said in a press release. “Clatsop County is poised for growth, but it must also be prepared for growing pains.”
Wev listed economic development, housing, mental health services, drug addiction, jail overcrowding, emergency preparedness, infrastructure and environmental protections as issues she would like to tackle as a commissioner.
“The planner in me knows that a decision made today has lasting effect,” Wev said. “We are no longer the Clatsop County of yesterday and we must have leadership who can prepare us for the Clatsop County of tomorrow, while facing the challenges of today.”
Wev also pledged civility in her relationships with county colleagues and constituents. Over the past year, the commission has been marred by resignation threats, behavioral investigations and differences of opinion about how much authority commissioners should have relative to county staff.
“Civil people may disagree on individual issues, but uncivil behavior is disrespectful to the people we represent,” Wev said.
Wev has lived in Seaview, Washington, and Astoria for the past four years.
“I’m not a native Astorian, but I think that’s actually a plus. I think that gives me a wide perspective. I don’t have any prejudices or preconceived notions about Astoria,” Wev said. “I’m not beholden to anyone. I’m independent.”
Three county commission seats will be up for election on the May 15 primary ballot. Susana Gladwin, a Jewell farmer, has announced she will run against Commissioner Lianne Thompson in District 5. Andrew Davis, an Astoria medical data analyst, will run for board chairman Scott Lee’s District 1 seat. Lee announced in 2016 that he would not seek re-election.