Candidates have until March 11 to file for public office

Beaverton residents interested in running for three open seats on the Beaverton City Council as of Jan. 16 are free to file and obtain their candidate's filing handbooks online or in person at City Hall, 4755 S.W. Griffith Drive, through the filing deadline on March 11 at 5 p.m. Voters nominate council candidates in the primary election on May 20 and will elect candidates from those nominees in the general election held on Nov. 4.

Positions open for election in 2014 include Position 1 occupied by Councilor Ian King, Position 2 held by Councilor Betty Bode and Position 5 held by Councilor Marc San Soucie. Councilors are elected to serve at-large in the community and serve for four years.

Candidates must be 18 years old by the election date, be a qualified elector of the state, lived in the city limits for six months prior to the election date, and be willing to sign an acceptance of nomination form. The handbook is available through Cathy Jansen, city elections officer/city recorder, at Beaverton City Hall or from the city's website at

Candidates must file a prospective petition for nomination signature sheet with the city elections officer for approval before a petition may be circulated for signatures. The petition, including the number of the council position being sought, must be signed by between 10 and 20 qualified city residents. Once signatures are obtained, the petition should be filed with the city elections officer. Candidates should allow time for the signature verification process prior to the filing deadline, Jansen said.

She will submit completed petitions to the County Elections Office for signature verification and notify the candidate of the results. If there are not enough valid signatures before the filing deadline, the candidate may submit additional signatures.

In the primary election, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes for each position are nominated and their names forwarded to the general election ballot. If one candidate receives a majority — 50 percent plus one vote — of all votes cast, then that candidate alone is nominated and her or his name will be forwarded to the general election ballot. The candidate receiving the majority of votes in the general election will be the elected candidate.

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