Last Wednesday, April 26, a candidate forum for those seeking an Astoria Port Commission position was held at the Warrenton High School. Three of the candidates did not appear. Two had agreed to participate and the third made excuse after excuse for not coming. What part of a representative democracy do these men not understand?

They are seeking to represent all citizens of Clatsop County not just those who live in Astoria.

By not appearing, the 30 plus members of the audience who came to hear all the candidates did not hear what these three know, why they are seeking office, what they see as the issues facing the Port and what solutions they have to solve those issues. These three have not demonstrated they understand the basic requirement of an elected official to be accountable to the public they seek to represent.

I am voting for the three who did attend and did answer the audience’s questions. Dick Hellberg, Pat O’Grady and Steve Fulton will represent the public interest of all Clatsop County.

Patricia Roberts

Gearhart

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