Mitchell leads for open Beaverton council seat
Beaverton voters appeared satisfied with their city council in early returns Tuesday.
They returned Marc San Soucie for a third full term and were giving a majority to Laura Mitchell, who was endorsed by the mayor and all five councilors for an open council seat. Lacey Beaty was unopposed for a second term.
The most competitive of the three races was for the open Position 2 seat being vacated by Betty Bode after four terms.
It pitted Mitchell, 37, a property manager and the current chairwoman of the city Budget Committee, against three others with various civic involvements but portrayed themselves as outsiders.
If Mitchell ends up winning a majority of the votes cast, her name will go on the Nov. 6 general election ballot with no need for a runoff.
"I have my fingers crossed here," Mitchell said Tuesday night.
P.L. "Penny" Douglas, 69, is a former real estate broker and current customer service representative for DAT Solutions of Beaverton for the past 20 years. She has also been active on the Vose Neighborhood Association Committee.
Kate Kristiansen, 42, is an artist, a volunteer in Beaverton schools and the Police Activities League.
Brian Rhone, who is in his mid-50s, is a community relations event management consultant for the Urban League of Portland and a management consultant for Diversity Workgroup LLC. He led the city's Diversity Advisory Board in 2017.
Meanwhile, San Soucie left no doubt about his victory as he rolled up a big margin against challenger Rafael La Grotta for Position 5.
"I'm not really surprised," San Soucie said. "Rafael is a nice person but he did not put on a significant campaign. It is hard to beat an incumbent if you are not campaigning with great vigor."
San Soucie, 60, was seeking a third full term in the seat he has held since November 2008, when he was elected to fill an unexpired term. He has retired as a software developer.
La Grotta, 49, is a business owner and also a member of the Diversity Advisory Board.
Position 1 is held by Beaty, manager of school-based health clinics for the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Centers. She unseated an incumbent in 2014 but was unopposed for a second term.
Mayor Denny Doyle and Councilors Cate Arnold and Mark Fagin are in the middle of their four-year terms and were not on Tuesday's ballot.