CANNON BEACH — Cannon Beach council candidates have run unopposed since 2010. This year, voters were given a choice. Three candidates — Brandon Ogilvie, Nancy McCarthy and Herb Florer — vied for two open seats.
Ogilvie had the most votes Tuesday after ballots were counted, with McCarthy coming in second and Florer coming in third.
“I’d like to thank the folks that voted for me,” Ogilvie said. “I look forward to getting down to the business of helping Cannon Beach.”
Ogilvie said he was “very happy” to see the results. He thanked the other candidates and said he looks forward to serving with McCarthy. When he takes office, he said he hopes to work with the other city councilors and listen to what citizens have to say.
“I’m more than happy to listen to what they’re concerned about,” Ogilvie said, adding that he was glad to hear about the approval of the Seaside School District bond measure to move schools out of the tsunami zone.
A 24-year resident, Ogilvie is a carpentry contractor and affordable housing task force member who previously served as Planning Commission chair. He has said his career helps him understand certain land use issues and he considers civic participation important.
“I guess I’m going to be a City Councilor,” McCarthy said. “I think the other two candidates are both great people. I think we all pretty much agreed on the things that needed to be done here in Cannon Beach. I’m going to be pleased to serve with Brandon and I think he will make a wonderful addition to City Council.”
McCarthy, a 10-year permanent resident, is a former editor and reporter for the Cannon Beach Gazette and The Daily Astorian. While running, she advocated for affordable housing and maintaining Cannon Beach’s village atmosphere through balancing the needs of year-round residents with the tourism industry.
McCarthy said she plans to address affordable housing, emergency planning, short-term rentals and how lodging taxes are used.
McCarthy said she was impressed by how Tillamook County responded to the Manzanita tornado.
“I’d like to see us look at that and do something in a similar way,” she said. “We are well prepared but we just need to continue to do more.”
McCarthy said the race was “low-key.”
“There wasn’t a whole lot of campaigning done by anyone,” she said. “The candidates forum really brought out what our positions were on the subjects.”
Ogilvie said the candidates forum was the highlight of the race.
“We all came together and I think it gave people that were there a chance to see what we were representing,” Ogilvie said.
Florer, a 12-year-resident, is an emergency preparedness committee member and former Port of Astoria deputy director, budget committee member and planning commissioner. During the campaign, he emphasized the importance of emergency preparation, long-term resiliency and infrastructure.
The elected candidates will join Mayor Sam Steidel, Councilor Mike Benefield and Councilor George Vetter in January.