Newport City Councilor David Allen files for County Commission – Against Commissioner Terry Thompson
Newport City Councilor David Allen has filed for Lincoln County Commissioner Position 3. The non-partisan primary election is set for May 20th. Incumbent Commissioner Terry Thompson said he may not make up his mind whether to file for the seat again until after the first of the year. He said he loves his job and that he’s pretty good at representing the citizens of Lincoln County. He said he’s especially concerned about wave energy and fishing issues, both of which are central to Lincoln County’s economic future. He just hasn’t made up his mind whether he can best do that as a county commissioner or as a state representative. Thompson serves on a number of natural resource committees, among them the Ocean Planning Advisory Committee which has been wrestling with where future offshore wave energy devices should be locaed. Thompson has been very outspoken against any moves to throw fishermen off their traditional fishing areas just to accommodate experimental wave energy devices which, so far, do not produce power at even close to reasonably affordable rates.
Challenger David Allen is a Newport attorney serving on the Newport City Council. He held the same position some years back and has served on the Ocean Planning Advisory Committee, which has, among other things, helped to develop information on ocean research, wave energy exploration among other things. Allen also chairs a committee that is trying to find a way forward to solving some of Newport’s fiscal challenges.
Commissioner Doug Hunt, who is serving out the remainder of former Commissioner Don Lindly’s term, thus far has no challenger. Hunt has formally filed his candidacy with the county clerk’s office.