The District 3 race for the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners features three candidates, each with different backgrounds in government and politics.
Peter Roscoe — a former restaurateur and Astoria city councilor — Doug Thompson — a property manager and former Astoria city councilor — and Pamela Wev — a land use consultant — are all vying for the seat being vacated by Commissioner Lisa Clement, who chose not to run for re-election. The district includes parts of Astoria, Miles Crossing, Jeffers Garden, Lewis and Clark, Youngs River, Olney, Green Mountain and parts of Walluski.
Roscoe served two terms on the Astoria City Council and one year on the city’s Planning Commission. He also spent six years on the Columbia River Joint Task Force and 10 years with the Columbia-Pacific Economic Development District. He said he would look for ways the county could use natural resources to create energy and incorporate mental health services into a potential new county jail.
“I have personal relationships with thousands of people in this county,” Roscoe said. “I have a very creative mind, and I think that I can find solutions. As these topics come up, I have the ability to examine, compromise, give up my stance if I see a better idea.”
Thompson also served on the Astoria City Council and resigned as chairman of the Clatsop County Democratic Central Committee to run for the commissioner seat. His core issues include environmental preservation, advocating for fishermen and emergency preparedness.
“I’m used to making a difference. I’m used to getting things done on the policy front,” Thompson said. “I think I am, by far, the most qualified of the three of us running for District 3. I don’t just sit on the dais and take up space and time.”
Wev served five years in former Portland Mayor Vera Katz’ administration as a member of a board that evaluated the results of policy decisions on public life. She said her focus would include environmental sustainability, advocating for fishermen, increasing education funding, government transparency and collaboration and investment in mental health.
“I don’t really believe in one big initiative. I think you’ve got to watch it all, and you have to understand the positive and negative impacts of everything,” Wev said. “I think I have much deeper government experience than they do.”