The fall race in Seaside is shaping up, with three unopposed city councilors bidding for reelection. Tita Montero of Ward 2 and Dana Phillips of Wards 3 and 4 announced their intent to run again for office. In the open seat for Ward 1, Steve Wright filed his election papers earlier this summer.
“Running for my third term of office I still have the same enthusiasm and excitement about the community’s direction as I had when I first ran eight years ago,” Phillips said Monday. “I am excited about being part of the future Urban Renewal District, new school project and continuing support of our fantastic city staff.”
Phillips, who was elected in 2010 and 2014, said she was proud of opportunities to assist local citizens when they have had issues and raised concerns, citing her advocacy for those seeking available parking access for people with disabilities.
“It is truly a rewarding responsibility to represent the community and I hope the voters will give me their continuing support,” Phillips said.
In 2006, Montero lost in her first council bid by only one vote to Dave Moore. She was elected in 2010 after the death of Moore and again ran uncontested in 2014.
“It has been an honor to serve the residents of Seaside as a City Councilor since September 2010,” Montero said. “Our City Council has accomplished some good work and there is still more to do.”
Montero listed workforce housing, transportation, emergency preparedness and urban growth boundaries as key challenges in years to come.
“I believe I can continue to positively contribute to resolving the needs of our community and maintaining the livability of our town for the future.”
She said one of her core values is transparency. “I don’t have all the answers; listening to, working with, and valuing all members of the community is so very important,” Montero said.
The city’s sole contested race pits Mayor Jay Barber against challenger John Chapman.
Chapman arrived in Seaside in 1989 as the Shilo Inn’s entertainment director and entered local broadcasting soon after. After years as an employee and co-owner of radio station KSWB with Cal Brady, he purchased the station in 2011.
Chapman, 52, stressed family, community and business as motivating his decision to run.
A retired college president, foundation director and ordained minister, Barber was appointed mayor in January 2017 after the death of former Mayor Don Larson the previous month.
Wright, candidate for Ward 1, was appointed to the council in 2017 after Barber was named mayor.
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.
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 said in announcing his candidacy in July.
Randy Frank, Tom Horning and Seth Morrisey round out the City Council, with terms expiring in 2020.
To qualify for a council position, an individual must be a registered voter in Seaside and have resided in the city during the 12 months immediately before being elected to office. They must also reside in the ward or wards that the council position represents and continue to reside there throughout the term. The position of mayor is elected at large.