It’s election time – and in Tillamook County there has been an increase in participation in our government process with many races have multiple choices. The Pioneer is proud to provide this opportunity for our community to make informed voting choices and learn about the candidates. Tillamook County Pioneer’s Questions for the Candidates – November 2022. We will post the candidate’s answers (that we received) in all the national, state and local races, including those from candidates in uncontested races. These questions were gathered from a diverse array of Tillamook County citizens, and provides an opportunity for constituents to compare candidates answers directly.
Here are the candidates for Bay City Mayor (unopposed) and City Council (Vote for 3) – only one candidate; write-ins will be welcomed.
David McCall – Mayor (2-year term)
What is your vision of a thriving community?
In December 2021, the City Council held a workshop to set goals and priorities for the short- and long-term future. We summarized this vision as: Bay City is a small town with a big heart, renowned for its livability, natural beauty and as a caring, supportive community. We strive to encourage a strong and safe community, foster small businesses to develop their talents and to protect and sustain the natural environment. City government effectively manages resources, provides high quality municipal services and encourages citizen involvement in making Bay City a great place to live, work, and connect.
If elected, what would you do within your position to advance this vision?
I will continue to lead the Council to work towards realization of this vision.
Please provide a SWOT analysis of your municipality/district:
The full SWOT, as well as adopted Action Plan, can be found in the February 2022 Council Packet (Page 66-68). https://www.ci.bay-city.or.us/sites/default/files/fileattachments/city_hall/meeting/packets/6849/council_packet_february_2022.pdf
Let’s focus on the positive things going on. Tell our readers about what you will do, if elected to make positive contributions to the community.
A mayor leads a team, and I will continue to lead a strong team of elected officials, staff, and active community members from both within and outside city limits, with the goal of maintaining and improving the livability of the Pearl of Tillamook Bay.
There are many challenges facing our community. What are the issues you think are NOT being adequately addressed?
If elected, how would you work to address these issues?
Affordable workforce housing has been an issue that has confounded people throughout the county. In addition to maintaining quality access to information so single family houses can continue to be built, Bay City is on the cusp of seeing two important developments come to fruition, enabling multiple families to enjoy the benefits of life in our community.
What is your experience in municipal government service?
City Councilor (2017-2020)
Thank you for providing this information. It helps our voters to make informed, educated decisions about those we elect to public office.
Bay City Council – 4 year term, 3 positions – one candidate; write-ins
- What is your vision for a thriving community?
Bay City offers a unique and beautiful community to live, work, and raise families. I believe that Bay City’s attention to maintaining the charm and livability of the community while keeping the infrastructure maintained and forecasting for future projects are of great importance. I feel Bay City is an inclusive community that encourages its businesses and its community members to pursue their passion, engage with each other and enjoy the outdoors. We have made amazing progress with Master planning for our parks and major project planning and implementations for upgrades to our infrastructure that will take us into the future. A well-managed city, strong Fire Department and community involvement, is key to keeping the city of Bay City a fantastic place to live, work and play.
- If elected, what would you do within your position to advance this vision?
As a city council member I take seriously the permanent steps that the city takes to address its community’s needs. Whether that be regulating short-term vacation rentals or planning for future water supplies and infrastructure stability, to supporting the Fire Department, I know these items are important and necessary to address and support. I have in the past, and will continue in the future, to look at ways to address affordable and workforce housing for our community members.
SWOT and Action Plan is located in Bay City Council Packet Feb 2022 (Page 66-68). https://www.ci.bay-city.or.us/sites/default/files/fileattachments/city_hall/meeting/packets/6849/council_packet_february_2022.pdf
- What I will do to make positive contributions to the community.
I will continue to work with and support the Mayor, City Manager, Public Works and volunteer committees, as we all work towards the same goal for the city and its residents.
- What issues are not being adequately addressed?
I feel that workforce housing and our community members, Emergency Preparedness need more focus. I will continue to work towards engaging with the community, committee members and city staff to do our part in tackling these issues.
My experience in municipal government.
Bay City council member for over 8 years.