Where to drop off your ballot in Western Washington County
Election Day is nearly upon us, and after Thursday, May 10, it will be too late to mail in your ballot. But never fear — ballot drop sites are active throughout the state where you can turn in your completed ballots ahead of next Tuesday's election.
In western Washington County, there are five official drop sites, nearly all of which are accessible around the clock. Ballots can be dropped off as late as 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, when the polls will officially close in Oregon.
Local drop sites for the election are:
Elsewhere in Washington County, ballots can be turned in at Beaverton, Bethany, Cedar Mill, Tualatin and West Slope libraries, the Tigard, King City and Sherwood city halls, and the Washington County Elections Office itself at 3700 S.W. Murray Blvd. in Beaverton.
The drop box sites inside several of the community libraries are only accessible during library hours.
For a complete list of drop sites in Washington County, visit the county's elections website, co.washington.or.us/elections.
What's on the ballot?
In addition to a handful of primary races for the Oregon Legislature and statewide offices, voters in western Washington County will see on their ballots multiple contested county, Metro and circuit court races.
Washington County Chairman Andy Duyck is retiring, so his countywide seat is up for grabs this year. Four candidates — Ryan Deckert, Kathryn Harrington, Bob Terry and Shabba Woodley — are vying for the job.
Terry leaves open his seat as county commissioner from District 4. Former Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey and longtime Hillsboro community activist Kimberly Culbertson are running for his position. District 4 is by far the largest in the county by geography, covering nearly all of western Washington County.
The northeastern corner of the Hillsboro area is included within District 2, which stretches across northeastern Washington County to the Multnomah and Columbia county lines. Commissioner Greg Malinowski is running for a third term, opposed by challenger Pam Treece, who heads the Westside Economic Alliance.
Washington County voters will also elect a new district attorney, as incumbent Bob Hermann is retiring after five terms. Hermann has endorsed his chief deputy district attorney, Kevin Barton, for the seat. Also running with the backing of criminal justice reform groups is Beaverton attorney Max Wall.
On the Metro Council, former President Tom Hughes is not running for re-election due to term limits. Seeking to replace the former Hillsboro mayor are Lynn Peterson, herself former chairwoman of the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners and former Lake Oswego city councilor, and salesman Michael Langley of Portland. All voters in the Metro area, covering the urban and suburban Portland metropolitan region, are eligible to vote in that race.
Harrington is term-limited and vacating her District 4 position on the Metro Council. The district runs from Forest Grove to Beaverton, taking in much of Washington County's population centers. Centro Cultural de Washington County spokesman Juan Carlos Gonzalez and Oregon Zoo customer service employee Dana Carstensen are the candidates seeking to succeed her.
The Washington County Circuit Court (20th District) is expanding with an additional judge position. Attorney and former software engineer Todd Huegli is opposing Kathy Proctor, a former president of the Washington County Bar Association, for Position 15.
Presiding Judge Charles Bailey is also facing a rare challenge in Position 6, where attorney and Beaverton Youth Peer Court volunteer judge Steven C. Burke seeks to unseat the incumbent.
By Geoff Pursinger
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