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ECONorthwest marketing director is running for Position 4, which Cate Arnold is vacating after 16 years.

COURTESY OF ALLISON TIVNON - Allison Tivnon seeks the open Position 4 seat on the Beaverton City Council being vacated by Cate Arnold.As marketing director and a partner in the Portland firm ECONorthwest since 2013, Allison Tivnon has played a role in shaping housing, transportation and other urban issues.

Now Tivnon seeks to be a direct participant as a Beaverton City Council member. She is seeking the open Position 4 seat being vacated by Cate Arnold after 16 years.

"We are a strong and thriving city in a state grappling with major topics around social equity, unfunded liabilities of our pension system, affordable housing, transportation infrastructure, resiliency, and climate change," she said in a statement. "I would be honored to play a part in determining how our city responds to these challenges in ways that benefit our residents and serves as a guiding light for other cities in our state."

Kate Kristiansen also has filed for the seat. If the field remains at two, the winner May 19 advances unopposed to the Nov. 3 ballot. If there are three or more candidates and no one wins a majority in the primary, the top two finishers advance to the general election.

Tivnon, 41, is the outgoing chairwoman of the Beaverton Arts Commission. She is married to Eric Wimberly; they have a 10-year-old son.

She has worked in marketing since she earned a bachelor's degree in English in 2005 from California State University at Bakersfield and a master's degree in writing in 2007 from Portland State University.

She said her work at ECONorthwest, a prominent planning and finance firm, and her volunteer service on a city commission gives her insights into what Beaverton is facing in the next few years.

She said:

"This work (at ECONorthwest) has given me great insight into not only the mechanics of how cities within Oregon are run but also the inner workings of urban renewal, urban growth boundary expansions, the power of public-private partnerships, and the urgent matter of ensuring that we have an adequate supply of various types of housing stock to shelter our richly diverse population here in Beaverton."

On the arts commission, which awards grants to artists and nonprofit groups and advocated state support for the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts now under construction, she said, "This work … provided ample opportunities to interact with the mayor and the City Council."

In addition to the arts, Tivnon said among her priorities are housing affordability and transportation innovation, diversity and the city's recently adopted climate action plan, and public-private partnerships and relations with businesses.

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