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Wev to face challenger in May election

A challenger has emerged in the race for a seat on the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners.

Nathan Pinkstaff has announced he will run for the District 3 seat currently held by County Commissioner Pamela Wev.

Pinkstaff works as deck mechanic for Tidewater Barge Lines and has worked in the timber and commercial fishing industries as well as for England Marine & Industrial Supply and CAT Equipment and Rental.

Wev, who has experience in land use planning and economic development, has filed for reelection. The District 3 seat covers most of Astoria.

Today is the last day to file as a candidate in the May 17 primary election.

Three seats on the Clatsop County board of commissioners are up for election. All three incumbents have filed for reelection, but as of Monday afternoon, Wev is the only one with an opponent. The rest are running unopposed.

Mark Kujala represents District 1, which covers Warrenton, Hammond and a western portion of Astoria. He is the executive director for the Columbia Memorial Hospital Foundation and has served on the commission since 2018. He previously served on the Warrenton City Commission and as mayor of Warrenton.

Lianne Thompson represents District 5, which covers much of south Clatsop County, including the southern tip of Seaside down to Arch Cape and east to Jewell. Thompson will be running for her third term with the county board. She previously served on the Clatsop County Planning Commission.

Also on the May ballot is a $14.5 million dollar bond for a new fire and police station in Gearhart.