CANNON BEACH - John Williams and Jay Raskin won City Council seats for Cannon Beach at the expense of incumbent George Vetter.

Williams won with 570 votes, followed by Raskin with 441 votes. Vetter polled 420 votes.

Unlike other cities that have wards, under Cannon Beach rules the two candidates with the most votes win the two seats.

"I'm just overwhelmed and I look forward to serving," Williams said. "I decided to run for this office after being out of public service for many years, but continue to think the decisions made in public service are important."

Williams is the former city manager who now works as interim city manager for Wheeler. He said he wants to allow short-term rentals, keep the RV park, bring a professional fireworks display to Cannon Beach, relocate the elementary school, improve infrastructure and protect the environment. Williams said he knows where to save money because of his previous work on city budgets, and brings reason to city debates.

"I'm very pleased and looking forward to working with the other members of the City Council," Raskin said.

Raskin, an architect, supports eliminating short-term rentals, keeping the RV park, maintaining the ban on fireworks, relocating the elementary school, creating new trails, upgrading City Hall, using alternative energy, improving emergency planning and promoting the arts.

Vetter was appointed to by the council and Betsy Ayres decided not to run for re-election.


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