Two Clatsop County Commission candidates will hold meet and greet sessions this weekend.

Scott Lee will meet with citizens at the South Jetty Dining Room, 1015 Pacific Drive, Hammond, from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

"My goal is to bring integrity, common sense and a neighborhood-level perspective to county decision making," said the Astoria businessman, who manages Bikes & Beyond in Astoria. "We need to make real progress on issues ranging from high unemployment and struggling small businesses to protecting the quality of life that makes our community a good place to live and raise a family. With a down economy, a lack of affordable housing and a host of other challenges now is the time for a new perspective that prioritizes good ideas over political ideology."

Lee, no relation to former commissioner Richard Lee, is challenging incumbent Jeff Hazen for the District 1 county seat. District 1 includes Warrenton and Hammond and the portion of Astoria west of Fifth Street, northwest of Denver Avenue and north of platted West Niagara Avenue.

Debra Birkby, one of three candidates for the District 5 commissioner seat, will hold a series of Friday "Meet the Candidate" gatherings at small businesses in Seaside, Cannon Beach and Tolovana Park. The first will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Cannon Beach Cookie Company.

"I never thought I would run for a political position, but South County matters to me, and I know it matters to you," Birkby told her supporters at a campaign kick-off event two weeks ago. "I believe that this unique area needs a strong advocate for our community ..."

District 5 covers southern Clatsop County including Cannon Beach, Arch Cape, Jewell, Elsie and Hamlet and part of Seaside. Current District 5 Commissioner Robert Mushen is also in the running for the seat as is John B. Dunzer of Seaside.

The primary election is May 18. Ballots will be mailed out between April 30 and May 4. The last day to register to vote or to change party affiliation is April 27.

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