Nehalem council candidate offers fiscal prudence

Editor’s note: Jim Welsh is seeking re-election to the Nehalem City Council. He wasn’t able to respond to a North Coast Citizen candidate questionnaire in time for our story, ‘Nehalem council race offers choice,’ in the Oct. 13 edition. So, we’d like to provide his information to the readers in the current issue and on our social media pages. 

By Ann Powers

Incumbent Jim Welsh is looking to retain his Nehalem City Council Position 3 seat against newcomer Lucy Brook in the Nov. 8 election.

He was appointed to fill a council vacancy in 2008 and then elected in November, 2010. He was also appointed council president in 2015.

Jim Welsh
Jim Welsh

Welsh was a memberof the first elected North County Recreation District Board of Directors in 1998. He’s also served as a North County Food Bank director.

Welsh, his wife Nellie, and two of their sons, have owned Fresh Foods in Manzanita and Cannon Beach for nearly 20 years. He said his experience as a business owner and member of various community boards gives him strong fiscal management skills to bring to the council and benefit residents.

“Nehalem is a very fiscally solvent town due to a long tradition of wise councilors who always thought about the future of our town and never over extended its finances and put it in any financial jeopardy,” he said. “I hope we can keep it that way. How many cities can say that their new city halls are paid for with no mortgages? I am very proud of having been a part of that process.”

He and Nellie have eight children, six daughter-in-laws and 16 grandchildren – soon to be 18. Welsh said twin grandkids are on their way and should arrive in April.

Welsh added he would like his grandchildren to experience the community he’s come to know and doesn’t anticipate a tri-village consolidation of Nehalem, Manzanita and Wheeler in the near future.

“I would like to see the tranquility and peacefulness of Nehalem remain as it is today,” he said.