The May 19 special district election results for Cannon Beach Rural Fire Protection District Board of Directors Position No. 5 were unequivocal: long-time board member Sharon Clyde will retain her seat.
Clyde received 196 votes, or 66 percent of the total votes cast; her challenger, Christopher Wilbur, received 102 votes, or 34 percent, according to the Clatsop County Elections Office’s second unofficial election results, which showed one write-in vote for the position.
“Not too bad for my first political contest,” Wilbur said, smiling. “Sharon’s been working at this a long time. I have nothing but positive thoughts.”
He added that he is happy for Clyde and knows she will “continue to serve the community well.”
Clyde, a retired banker and travel agent living in Cannon Beach, has been on the board since 1996. Of the three board positions on the ballot — Nos. 1, 2 and 5 — hers was the only contested position.
Bob Cerelli and Linda Beck-Sweeney will remain in Positions No. 2 and 5, respectively. Cerelli received 261 votes against 3 write-in votes, Beck-Sweeney 232 votes against 14 write-in votes.
Wilbur, also a Cannon Beach resident, said will run again on the next go-around. “I’ll keep trying till I get it,” he said. Wilbur works as a lieutenant with the Cannon Beach Police Department.
Upon hearing the news, Clyde said, “I’m just happy. I love the fire district, and I really like being on the board.”
She said, however, that she likes Wilbur very much and “he would have done a good job.”
The five-member fire board manages the tax dollars that come from the protection district’s residents and helps set the policies of Cannon Beach Fire and Rescue. Members serve four-year terms that begin on the new fiscal year.
Formed in 1947, the rural fire protection district covers approximately five square miles and runs from the U.S. Highway 101 and U.S. Highway 26 junction south toward Arch Cape and Falcon Cove and includes the northeast tip of Tillamook County.
Currently, the board has a vacancy to fill because its now-former president, Alfred Aya, resigned late last month. Clyde, then vice president, automatically became president; the board subsequently voted member Garry Smith vice president.
Clyde said she hopes Wilbur will apply for the vacancy.