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Organizer of Pride events and advocate for homeless youths makes a second run; she lost a race in 2018.

COURTESY OF KATE KRISTIANSEN - Kate Kristiansen makes a second run for the Beaverton City Council in the May 19 primary. This year she seeks the open Position 4 being vacated by Cate Arnold; she ran for the open Position 2 in 2018 but lost to Laura Mitchell.Kate Kristiansen helped organize Beaverton's first Pride Parade and has spoken out for homeless youths.

Now she is making a second run for a Beaverton City Council seat.

"I have taken my volunteerism to a certain level of saturation," she said in a statement. "I want to be able to do more and contribute in a bigger way on bigger issues."

Kristiansen and Allison Tivnon have filed for the open Position 4 seat being vacated by Cate Arnold after 16 years.

If the field remains at two, the winner May 19 advances unopposed to the Nov. 3 ballot. If three or more candidates run and no one wins a majority in the primary, the top two finishers advance to the general election.

Kristiansen finished second to Laura Mitchell in a four-way race for the open Position 2 seat in 2018. Mitchell won 54% in that primary and avoided a runoff.

Kristiansen, 44, is self-employed. She is married to Jon Burkhart. Three children attend Beaverton schools.

She was one of the lead organizers of Beaverton's first Pride event in 2018 and its first Pride Parade in 2019.

"I want to continue with Pride Beaverton's mission: To bring joy, support and acknowledgement to the LGBTQA community in Beaverton," she said. "We celebrate Pride, inclusion and diversity while creating opportunities for engagement and education."

She also has been an outspoken advocate for homeless youths.

"Beaverton (school district) holds the dubious distinction of having the greatest number of homeless and home-insecure children in the state," she said. "The majority of those students identify as LGBTQA. I want to increase the services, help and availability of affordable housing in Beaverton for those children and other vulnerable residents."

Like Tivnon, the outgoing chairwoman of the Beaverton Arts Commission, Kristiansen — an artist herself — is an advocate for city participation in the arts.

"I wish to continue the expansion of arts projects and funding, of culture and entertainment in Beaverton," she said. "I am interested in Beaverton being the hometown that we all love to live in."

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