Hillsboro and North Plains hopefuls have until late August

Election season looms, and though the race for U.S. president will claim most of the national media coverage, voters have significant choices to make closer to home, including elections for mayoral and city council positions in Hillsboro and neighboring North Plains.


CallawayIn Hillsboro, three council positions — currently held by Rick Van Beveren, Olga Acuna and Fred Nachtigal — plus the mayor’s post are up for grabs. The councilors’ terms end at the end of the year.

The deadline to file in Hillsboro is Aug. 26, according to Deputy City Recorder Aubrey Minear.

Filing in Hillsboro requires would-be candidates to file with the city recorder’s office. Candidates can either pay a $50 fee or submit a petition with at least 20 signatures, which are verified by the city. They must also organize and submit a candidate committee, or state they expect to spend or receive less than $750 towards their campaign.

As of Friday, the race for one of the city’s three open city council positions is largely up for grabs.

The Council is broken up into wards, each representing a specific portion of the city. Accordng to the city recorder’s office, Rick Van Beveren is currently running unopposed for re-election of Ward 1, covering the central and northern parts of the city. Anthony Martin and Brenda McCoy running for Acuna’s Ward 2 position, which represents a portion of the city from Main Street to Tualatin Valley Highway.

But Ward 3, currently held by Nachtigal, representing the western and southern-most portions of Hillsboro, is currently uncontested.

CarlesonThe race for mayor, in contrast, has been underway for months with both candidates, current Hillsboro City Council President Stephen Callaway and former councilor Aron Carleson campaigning acorss the city. The two have already held one pseudo-debate earlier this year.

Callaway is a former principal at Tobias Elementary School. He worked with the Hillsboro School District from 1996 through 2015.

He is currently serving his second term on the city council.

“We have a great community,” Callaway told the Tribune earlier this year. “I want to make sure that as we move into the future the city stays strong.”

His opponent, Aron Carleson, also served on the City Council. She served with Callaway, joining the council in 2006 and serving through 2014.

“I was born here and have lived in Washington County for almost all of my life. I have worked hard for this community … I love this city and it would be a tremendous honor to represent and support it as mayor,” Carleson said.

Want to run for office in Hillsboro? Contact the City Recorder’s Office at 503-681-6117, or email the city.


LenahanIn nearby North Plains, prospective candidates have slightly less time, and the process is a little different.

In North Plains the mayoral position, plus three of the five council spots, will also be up for grabs this November. At the moment, only one candidate has filed: current Council President Teri Lenahan, who’s running for David Hatcher’s expired mayorship. Lenahan said she’s excited at the possibility of continuing her political involvement in North Plains, but she wishes the process of filing her candidacy were easier.

“The process was definitely a little confusing,” Lenahan said. “I went to the website, printed the instructions, and I still had to call the city recorder to figure it out.”

Before candidates can be officially on the ballot in North Plains, residents must submitted a petition to the city for approval. Following approval, the candidate must collect the necessary 40 signatures from residents. The city charges no filing fee.

“I think that the whole process needs to be revamped,” Lenahan said.

Those interested in running for office in North Plains should call the city office at 503-647-5555.

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