Jay Barber announced Tuesday he will run for a full four-year term as Seaside mayor.
In November 2016, Barber was appointed to fill the remaining two years of Mayor Don Larson’s term. Larson died in December 2016 after an extended battle with cancer.
Barber, a retired college president, foundation director and ordained minister, served as a councilor and two-term mayor in Red Bluff, California, a position which, he said, gave him experience dealing with the public.
He and his wife Jan have lived full time in Seaside since 2006.
Barber was selected in 2009 to fill the unexpired council term of the Gary Diebolt. Barber won election for Ward 1 in 2010 and again in 2014.
At the time of his appointment, Barber said he did not intend to run for re-election in 2018.
“It is impossible to make a decision like this two years out,” Barber said in a statement. “The city and the council have so many important initiatives underway currently and I believe we need strong, stable leadership in place as we face the future.”
In his announcement, Barber listed addressing workforce and housing issues, the major expansion of the Seaside Convention Center and the relocation of the Seaside School District facilities as among top priorities. He also said he plans to annex properties at the south entrance of the city with the implementation of a new urban renewal district.
Tsunami readiness must focus on the urgent need to identify funding to upgrade at least three of the city’s bridges to provide secure escape routes to safe areas in the case of a catastrophic earthquake forecast within the next 30 to 50 years, he added.
Filing for the November general election begins May 30 with a filing deadline of Aug. 28.
According to City Recorder Kimberley Jordan, three council seats are also up for re-election. Incumbents Steve Wright, Tita Montero and Dana Phillips face expired terms on Dec. 31.