Lacey Beaty, Alton Harvey Sr. set sights on King's seat, as John Somoza takes on San Soucie

All three Beaverton City Council incumbents up for re-election this year have filed to run, while two newcomers to city politics and one former mayoral candidate have thrown their names into the ring.

Veteran Councilors Marc San Soucie, Betty Bode and Ian King, who is in the fourth year of his first term in Council Position 1, have filed for re-election.

King faces challenges from council newcomers Lacey Beaty and Alton Harvey Sr., while John A. Somoza, who ran against Mayor Denny Doyle in 2012, is going for San Soucie’s Position 5 seat.

With the March 11 deadline passed, it’s too late for candidates to file and run in the May 20 primary election, which determines whose names end up on the Nov. 11 general election ballot.

A U.S. Army veteran who served during the Iraq War, Beaty coaches lacrosse at Beaverton High School and serves as vice chairwoman of the Beaverton Visioning Advisory Committee and the HomePlate Youth Services Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Leadership Beaverton Board of Directors.

“I’m concerned about the youth, seniors and veterans in our community,” she said in a campaign statement. “Working with the Beaverton Community Vision has given me a different prospective. I feel like I truly understand what our community wants and needs, which is compassionate and thoughtful leadership.”

A retired commercial truck driver, Alton Harvey Sr., 74, hails from Chicago, where he worked as park attendant and recreational supervisor for the city’s park district for eight years. Since arriving in Beaverton with his wife, Mary, in the mid 1990s, he has been involved in a variety of civic-oriented roles, serving as commissioner of the Beaverton Human Rights Advisory Commission, chairman of the Neighbors Southwest Neighborhood Association Committee, and on the Oregon Board of Dentistry.

Harvey also founded and serves as chairman of the Get to Know Your Neighbor organization.

Somoza, a higher education program manager for Intel Corp., ran unsuccessfully against Doyle in 2012 on a platform of moving Beaverton from a strong-mayor to city-manager form of government, prudent fiscal management and responsible development.

“The bottom line is Beaverton could be a better place. I’ve seen the City Council make a lot of mistakes,” he said on Wednesday, citing the convoluted history between the city and The Round at Beaverton Central complex, which will be the new home to City Hall. “They don’t always look at things in logical ways. They have big eyes for big things, and sometimes they crash and burn.”

A 20-year Beaverton resident, Somoza has served on the Civic Plan Steering Committee, the Committee for Citizen Involvement and as a reserve deputy sheriff with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Somoza and his wife, Catherine, have 14-year-old triplets — two boys and one girl — enrolled in the Beaverton School District.

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