Two veteran Oak Harbor councilmen won’t seek reelection

Two veteran members of the Oak Harbor City Council are retiring from office at the end of this year.

That means two of the four council seats on the ballot this November won’t have incumbents seeking to keep their seats.

After 24 years in office, Oak Harbor Councilman Danny Paggao, the mayor pro tem, announced last week at a council meeting that he is retiring at the end of the year.

Councilman Jim Campbell also announced at a meeting earlier this year that he won’t seek reelection. By the end of the year, he will have served 12 years.

During last week’s meeting, Paggao was holding “the key to the city,” which he received from Al Koetje, who was mayor when he first took office. He said the key actually opens the front door to City Hall.

“At the end of the this year, Dec. 31, 2017,” he said, “I’m going to retire this key and give it back to City Hall.”

Paggao explained that he and his wife are going back to “private life.” He said he was announcing his intentions so that anyone interested in running for his seat will know early on.

Mayor Bob Severns is the sixth mayor to serve with Paggao.

“I can’t thank you enough for your service,” Severns told Paggao. “This city has been very lucky to have you up here.”

Campbell explained in an interview that this will be his third retirement; he previously retired from the Navy and Lockheed Martin.

Campbell and his wife plan to continue their RVing adventures across the nation.

The couple has already visited all 48 lower states in their RV. Campbell said they plan to revisit some of the best spots and to visit family all over the country.

Campbell has been holding Thursday morning coffee talks for 12 years, but they will come to an end after he retired.

The coffees are a time when Campbell meets with residents to discuss issues they’re interested in.

The seats currently held by Councilman Joel Servatius and Councilwoman Erica Wasinger will also be on the ballot. Both say they plan to seek reelection.

Wasinger was appointed last year to the seat vacated when Severns was elected mayor.

Candidate filing week this year is May 1-5.