In another unexpected turn in the Astoria mayor’s race, City Councilor Bruce Jones said Thursday that he will enter the campaign.
His move comes one day after City Councilor Cindy Price withdrew as a candidate and potentially cleared a path for Dulcye Taylor, the president of the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association, to the November election.
“I am pleased to announce my intent to run for mayor of Astoria,” Jones said in a statement. “Serving on the City Council for the last year and eight months has been a privilege and great learning experience. Working constructively through complex issues with diverse colleagues, representing constituents from many different backgrounds and with different perspectives and priorities has been invigorating and rewarding.
“Two years ago I campaigned for council with a theme of ‘experience, judgment, integrity’ and I will continue to do so in the mayoral race. I am honored to enter the race with my fellow candidates to earn the opportunity to serve our community as mayor.”
Jones, a former commander at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, is the deputy director of the Columbia River Maritime Museum. He was elected in 2016 to represent the east side’s Ward 4.
His four-year term on the City Council is not up until 2020. If he is elected mayor in November, he would resign his council seat and the council would either appoint someone to serve out the remainder of his term, call a special election to fill the seat until 2020 or wait until the 2020 election.
Jones had indicated earlier this year he would not run for mayor because he wanted to focus his time and energy on his job at the museum. He was named second in command at the museum last October.
Price’s withdrawal influenced his decision. “Over the last several days I started just taking another look at the possibility of running for mayor,” he said.
Jones has “had the chance to understand the rhythm of my full-time job and I just decided that I could manage serving as mayor as well as working at the museum,” he said.
Taylor described Wednesday as a “roller-coaster day” in the campaign. She said she spoke with Jones on Wednesday night.
“I think it will make it interesting,” she said. “I like Bruce. He’s a good guy.”
Michael “Sasha” Miller, an activist, is also a candidate.
The filing deadline for the mayor’s race is Aug. 28.