Garry Smith and Mark Mekenas will run for re-election to the Cannon Beach Rural Fire Protection District Board of Directors.

Smith will run unopposed for Position 3 and Mekenas is unopposed in his Position 4 bid.

Smith is a firefighter with 35 years experience and six years on the board. “I am running for re-election to continue to help maintain an effective and professionally run fire department for the residents and visitors in our area,” Smith said. “I am very proud of the 35 years that I have been associated with Cannon Beach Fire and Rescue and of the volunteers today, who give selflessly of their time to keep our community safe.”

Mekenas, owner of Cannon Beach Surf and the Beach Store since 1998, filled a vacant board seat in 2015. “I’m looking to keep improving our fire department here in town,” Mekenas said. “I have never been a firefighter, but I have been fortunate to have these guys teach me about firefighting through all the things they do.”

“Cannon Beach Fire District has a diverse group of board members that are dedicated to the safety and welfare of the citizens we serve,” Chief Matt Benedict said.

The board was in the news from the fallout over the firing of former Fire Chief Mike Balzer, who settled a civil rights lawsuit against the district. Smith was one of three board members who survived a recall last year motivated by Balzer’s dismissal.


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