SEASIDE — Seth Morrisey joined the Seaside City Council two years ago, replacing longtime councilor Stubby Lyons. Morrisey HAS announced his intention to run for a second term in a district representing East Wahanna, that is, “everything up on the hill” east of U.S. Highway 101.
Morrisey, who at 33 is the youngest councilor, said he has enjoyed his service. “In politics, you’re always going to make someone mad, but I just try to do my best, and look at the issues objectively,” he said. “I’m trying to represent the people.”
A Seaside High School graduate, Morrisey studied business at Lane Community College and then Portland State University. He owns and manages a video production company and a search engine optimization company based in Portland. His wife, Aimee, is owner of Life Naturally, an online health food store.
“Aside from being gone for college, I’ve been here all my life,” Morrisey said. “I’m the youngest guy on the board by a long shot. I think I bring a different perspective.”
He said the current board is a good mix. “Young people sometimes think they know everything,” he said. “It’s good to have people with experience to balance that.”
The most contentious issue he’s considered so far was a proposal to charge panhandlers and street merchants a licensing fee. “I don’t think it’s heading anywhere,” he said. “I think the opposition was really outspoken and there was no one really in support of it.”
Morrisey said he has yet to make up his mind about a proposed room tax plan to finance a $15-million convention center upgrade plan. “I don’t decide in advance what I want to do, but try to listen to the constituents,” he said. “People were adamantly opposed to the old plan. They felt they didn’t have a say in it. I’m going to wait and see what people think.”
The city’s tsunami preparedness measures are a “work in progress,” Morrisey said. “I think we’re ahead of most areas in term of what we’ve done, but the problem is the only way to properly prepare is to move the whole city up on the hill. That’s not going to happen.”