REEDSPORT -- A veteran of city government, Mark Bedard is the newest member of the Reedsport City Council.
Councilors appointed him at their Aug. 7 council meeting. He ran against challengers Darlene Ash and Ellen Anderson. Councilors voted 3-2 to appoint Bedard. Ash received no votes. Former candidate Joseph Liedtky dropped out of the race.
Bedard replaces former Councilor Diane Essig, who passed away from cancer. His term ends Dec. 31, 2018.
"I appreciate the opportunity to serve the community and to have served the community over the years," he said. "So at this point I'm just looking forward to getting started and working with a good group to attack whatever issues that come before the council."
He served about eight years on the city's budget committee. Bedard graduated from Reedsport Union High School in 1976 and later served on the Reedsport Boosters, the Forest Hills Golf Course board of directors, current chairman of the local United Fund and 10 years with the Chainsaw Committee.
Bedard took time off from his volunteer activities to combat cancer. In a previous interview, the Reedsport native said he's successfully fought the disease.
He and his wife Karen own Bedrock's Chowder House & Grill in Reedsport and Bedrock's On The Bay in Winchester Bay.
After graduating from high school, Bedard went on to work for International Paper from 1979 to 1999. He then attended Southwestern Oregon Community College from 1999 to 2000.