City opponents emerge ... except in SeasideThe race for city council positions in Astoria, Warrenton and Gearhart has heated up with several more candidates turning in their petitions close to Tuesday's deadline. The mail-in election is Nov. 2.
AstoriaEileen Thompson, a retired registered nurse, and Les Zimmer, conservation project manager with Columbia Land Trust, are vying for the Ward 2 position on the Astoria City Council, being vacated by Don Morden. There's a three-way race for the Ward 4 position. KC McGee, unpaid manager for Patrick McGee designs; Russ Warr, owner of Astoria Granite Works; and Michael Zametkin, a teacher at Warrenton Grade School, have filed for that seat. Ward 4 incumbent Loran Mathews will not seek another term.
WarrentonWarrenton also has a three-way race for Position 2 on the City Commission. Incumbent Russ Farmer, co-owner of BioOregon, will face construction company owner Terry Ferguson and Kenneth Yuill, an employee of the Astoria Public Works Department, in November. Farmer was appointed to the commission in 2002.
For Warrenton Position 1, Mark Kujala, general manager of Oregon Ocean Seafoods, is challenging incumbent Jeff Hazen, assistant manager at the Warrenton Costco. Hazen was appointed to the commission in 1999 and elected in 2000. He served as mayor in 2001, 2002 and 2003.
Frank Orrell, who works for an equipment rental company, has thrown his hat into the ring for Position 3, now held by Paul Rodriguez, owner of the Iredale Inn. Rodriguez, currently serving as Warrenton's mayor, is seeking a second term.
GearhartIn Gearhart, both incumbents whose positions are up for re-election face challengers.
Carol Brenneman, owner of a gift shop in Seaside, is squaring off against incumbent Ed Tice for Position 2. Tice, a teacher, served on the City Council from 1992 to 2000, when he was defeated for re-election. He was appointed to the council in May 2002 to serve out an unexpired term.
For Position 4, Preston Devereaux, a carpenter, is challenging incumbent John Pincetich, who is retired after a varied career. Pincetich served on the council from 1990 to 1994. He ran unsuccessfully in 2002, and was appointed to the council in 2003 to serve an unexpired term.
Gearhart Mayor Kent Smith is unopposed for a fifth term. Smith, who owns Lon's New and Used Furniture in Astoria, was first elected mayor in 1992.
SeasideIn Seaside, all three incumbents whose seats are up for re-election are unopposed. They are Don Johnson, a Seaside school district employee, for Ward 3; Stubby Lyons, a retired Seaside High School teacher and coach, for Ward 4; and Tim Tolan, a property manager, for Wards 1 and 2. Tolan was appointed in 2003 to serve out an unexpired term.
Cannon BeachIn Cannon Beach, where members of the City Council are elected at large, three candidates are vying for Positions 4 and 5. The incumbent, George Vetter, a businessman who owns El Mundo for Men and Cannon Beach Net, squares off against architect Jay Raskin and John Williams, a former Cannon Beach city manager, who also has served as Cannon Beach mayor. Williams is now retired. Vetter was appointed to the council in 2003. The top two vote-getters will be elected.