Although I don’t live inside the city limits, I am proudly displaying a “Jay Barber for Mayor” lawn sign on my property. As difficult as it must have been to be dropped suddenly into the role of mayor mid-term, and expected to replace someone as wonderful as my good Swedish friend, Mayor Don Larson, Jay did it with class. He has earned the respect of the people of Seaside, and of his colleagues around the state. He is a good listener, the result of being a pastor for many years.
Jay has been an active mayor from his first day on the job. He leads in a way that he believes best for his constituents. He interacts regularly, and in person, with the state Legislature and the governor, as well as with our federal delegation. He is compassionate and kind, and he takes his many volunteer roles seriously.
In the emergency preparedness sector, Seaside leaders started a local program called “Map Your Neighborhood” before Jay became mayor. Jay worked with other coastal communities, and continued those activities, allowing Seaside to remain in the forefront as a model of proven practices. That small project was eventually included in the Oregon Resilience Plan, and has become a go-to action that any community can practice.
If I lived in Seaside, you can be assured that I would be voting for Jay Barber for mayor. Please vote by Nov. 6.