Sunset Empire Transportation District's Board of Commissioners approved the appointment of Neal Smith to the District Board at the March 28th Board meeting. Neal is filling the District's Commissioner Position #1 which was vacated on March 4, 2013 due to the resignation of Commissioner Julie Gassner. Neal has filed as a candidate for the District's Position #1 in the May 2013 elections. Neal resides in Warrenton and is a former employee of the Sunset Empire Transportation District. His interim appointment will expire on June 30, 2013. Smith is running unopposed for the May 21st election. There is a race for position #2 on the board between Gearhart resident Ken Mancebo and Tolovana park resident Kevin Widner. Two other positions coming for election in the special district electionfor SETD are unopposed with Kathy Klecezek of Cannon beach in position #3 and Paul Lewicki of Astoria for position #4.