Lacey Beaty has made it official: She is running for mayor of Beaverton.
Beaty also has made it clear that hers is a generational challenge to Denny Doyle, who is seeking a fourth four-year term as mayor. Beaverton is the only Oregon city where the mayor is the elected chief executive of city government. Virtually all other cities appoint professional managers, and the Beaverton City Council is considering asking voters to switch to a council-manager form of government next year.
Beaty was just 29 when she unseated Ian King for Position 1 on the City Council in the 2014 primary. She turned 30 before she took office in January 2015. She was unopposed for a second term last year.
"I believe Beaverton's next mayor needs to be driving regional and local discussions about the next 20 years, not just the next four," Beaty said when she announced her candidacy Saturday, Nov. 9.
The 70-year-old Doyle announced Sept. 12 he would seek one more term. He was on the council 14 years before he unseated Mayor Rob Drake in 2008, and has been re-elected mayor twice.
The position is nonpartisan. The primary is May 19. If there are three or more candidates, and no one wins a majority, the top two finishers advance to the general election Nov. 3. If Beaty and Doyle are the only candidates, the May 19 primary will decide the winner, who would advance unopposed to Nov. 3.
Beaty said she would continue to pursue housing affordability and transportation improvements, but do so in new partnerships with businesses and regional leaders. Other priorities she listed in her candidacy announcement were similar to Doyle's: Diversity among city boards and commissions, now at a high of 44%; city actions to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, and a welcoming attitude toward groups such as women and immigrants.
If Beaty is elected mayor in the May 19 primary, an election Nov. 3 would decide who fills the remaining two years in her council term. If she loses, she retains her council seat.
Beaty, 35, is a former manager of school-based health clinics for the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Foundation but left that job recently. She was an Army combat medic for six years and a radiology specialist for five years. She is married to Ian Beaty, a lieutenant with the Oregon National Guard who did two tours of duty in Afghanistan, the second starting after Lacey Beaty was elected in 2014. They have a daughter.
Beaty is promoting her inclusion as one of 15 in the latest class of the New DEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders), a network of rising state and local elected officials founded eight years ago.
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