GEARHART - Talk about close!

Carol Brenneman beat incumbent Gearhart City Council member Ed Tice by just five votes - 299 to 294 - in the closest race in the entire election.

"I'll still try and do what I've been doing for my past years on the council and serve the voters of Gearhart and my constituents," Tice said.

He was very pleased that the water bond was passing (see related story, Page 5). "That's a real crucial issue for Gearhart," Tice said.

Incumbent John Pincetich held on to his seat against newcomer Preston Deveraux, 343 to 257.

"I want to thank the many voters who supported me and promise to do my best to look after the interests of all citizens," Pincetich said.

"I'd like to thank all of the citizens of Gearhart who voted for me," Devereaux said. "I encourage all their suggestions and I invite them to come to council meetings."

Mayor Kent Smith was elected unopposed for his fourth term. "I will be trying to focus more on public involvement," Smith said.

Smith, who said this will be his last term, wants people to appreciate the benefits of living in Gearhart.

"We don't have to be constantly scurrying around to enjoy ourselves," Smith said. "If we want to enjoy the Oregon coast, we can do that in a way that's peculiar to us."

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