Cannon Beach Rural Fire and Protection District incumbents Garry Smith and Mark Mekenas both ran unopposed and will remain on the board. Smith and Mekenas will serve two-year terms.
Smith, a firefighter with 35 years experience and six years on the board of directors, won with 258 votes.
Mekenas, owner of Cannon Beach Surf and the Beach Store since 1998, filled a vacant board seat in 2015 and won with 259 votes.
Seaside School District
The Seaside School District Board of Directors showed two competitive board races. In final unofficial results, in Gearhart’s Zone 3, Position 1, Lori Lum took 75 percent of the vote over A.J. Wahl, with 1,425 votes to Wahl’s 527 in filling the seat vacated by Lynn Ulbricht. Director Zone 6, Position 2, the other contested race, showed incumbent Hugh Stelson taking 57 percent of the votes, with 1,063, votes to Karen Custer’s 775.
Two other seats were uncontested. Michelle Wunderlich received 1,517 votes in Zone 7, Position 1 in running for the vacated at-large seat of Tom Maltman. Brian Taylor received 1,520 votes in Cannon Beach’s Zone 2, Position 2.
Three seats, held by Chairman Steve Phillips, Vice-chairman Mark Truax and Patrick Nofield of Cannon Beach were not up for election on the seven-person board.
“I appreciate the chance to keep working with the other board members and the district staff to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for all our kids,” Stelson said Wednesday. “The next few years are very exciting for new facilities, but a bit treacherous from the state funding and PERS perspective. As usual I expect we will try to make the best of wherever we find ourselves.”
“I’m so thankful and thrilled to be elected to the Seaside School District Board,” Lori Lum said. “I feel fortunate to be able to work with the administrators, teachers and parents to ensure the growth and development of our children. These kids are our future.”
Directors will begin their four-year terms in August, Superintendent Sheila Roley said at Tuesday’s board meeting, as there is no July meeting scheduled.
Seaside voters endorsed Local Option 4-186, approving $2.018 million over five years for fire equipment and personnel, to be split three ways: for self-contained breathing apparatus; a new ladder truck; and funding for the department’s training and safety officer. The measure passed by 72 percent.
In Seaside’s Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District, Veronica Russell defeated Kindwyn Hoge with 74 percent of the vote for Position 1. Hoge had said before the election she would decline the role if elected due to a threatening letter sent to her opponent.
Other directors in the district, Michael Hinton in Position 3, Jeremy Mills in Position 2; Edward Hassan in Position 4 and Alan Evans in Position 5 all won seats unopposed.
District board members serve four-year terms. Hassan and Evans, who filled unexpired terms, will serve two years and could run for re-election in 2019.