Steve Wright will run for City Council election in November, he announced this week. “I trust that the voters of Ward #1 will decide this fall to give me the opportunity to continue to serve our city for another four years,” Wright said.
Wright was appointed to the council in 2017 after Jay Barber was named mayor after the death of Don Larson in December 2016. .
At the time, Barber said Wright’s regular attendance at council meetings was a big factor in his decision.
Wright, a Seaside homeowner for six years, served on the Budget Committee and as president of the Seaside Museum and Historical Society’s board of directors.
Wright was the former chief financial officer of Columbia Grain International, a company he served with for 35 years before his retirement.
“I’m thankful and appreciative for the opportunity to serve as the City Councilor for Ward 1 for the past one-and-a-half years,” he said this week. “It’s been a tremendous learning experience, as was the two-and-a-half years I was on the Planning Commission. I’ve taken advantage of many opportunities to learn about the workings of the city and local businesses. I’ve found that our city operates very well and is fiscally responsible. Its employees are of the highest quality and dedicated to their work. We also have many citizens that volunteer their time and expertise that are a huge asset to our city.”
He said the council’s main concern for the future must be to do what is necessary to get the new school site ready for safe occupancy in two years. “We will continue working to improve our housing situation, being better prepared for future disasters, and many other issues,” Wright added.