Nobody has filed yet for three vacant positionsOffice-seekers continue to be in short supply on the North Coast.

With the Aug. 24 filing deadline for city council positions in Astoria, Warrenton, Gearhart, Seaside and Cannon Beach less than three weeks away, no one at all has filed for three open seats, and only one city has a contested race.

The election is Nov. 2.

In Astoria, Don Morden announced several weeks ago that he would not seek a fourth term on the City Council. But so far, no one has come forward to run for the Ward 2 seat he will vacate at the end of this year. However, K.C. McGee has filed for the Ward 4 seat now held by Loran Mathews, who has said he will not run for another term.

In Warrenton, incumbents Paul Rodriguez, Position 3, and Russ Farmer, Position 2, have each filed for another term on the five-person City Commission. Incumbent Jeff Hazen, who said earlier he planned to run again for Position 1, had not yet filed as of Thursday. Rodriguez is Warrenton's mayor.

Although Kent Smith has said he'll seek a fifth term as Gearhart's mayor, neither he nor anyone else has filed for the position. Incumbents Ed Tice and John Pincetich both are running again for the City Council. They have no challengers.

In Cannon Beach, incumbents Betsy Ayres and George Vetter face challengers John Williams and Jay Raskin. Council members are elected at large, and not for particular positions.

In Seaside, seats held by Don Johnson, Stubby Lyons and Tim Tolan are up for election and all have filed for another term. At this point, they are all unopposed.


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