Dulcye Taylor, the president of the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association, will run for mayor.
“I take great pride in Astoria and am excited to announce my candidacy for mayor,” Taylor said in a statement Tuesday. “I’m running for this important seat because I love Astoria and want others to appreciate this place we call home.”
Mayor Arline LaMear’s four-year term ends this year. She has said she will not seek re-election in November.
Two City Council seats are also up for election. City Councilor Cindy Price, who represents downtown’s Ward 3, has said she plans to be on the ballot and has considered running for mayor. She said Tuesday that she will announce her decision later this month. Councilor Zetty Nemlowill, who represents the west side’s Ward 1, said she is not sure yet if she will seek re-election.
Candidates can file for the City Council positions beginning May 30. Taylor plans to host her first official campaign event that same day at Carruthers Restaurant.
Taylor, who has lived in Astoria for the past 11 years, is the owner of Old Town Framing Co. on Commercial Street. She has served on city and community boards, task forces and committees — including an advisory committee for the 2016 parks master plan. She was named volunteer of the year in 2015 by the Oregon Main Street organization.
This will be her first time running for an elected office.
“I have spent the past 10 years supporting local businesses, cleaning up our downtown, and finding healthy solutions to promote economic development for our great city,” Taylor said. “I want to take my 10 years of experience volunteering in the community and work collectively with our neighbors to continue supporting our local economy in a way that respects our unique character and beauty.”