Beaverton to host 'virtual voters' forum' this spring
Emergency orders that limit the size of gatherings in Oregon are still in place, and they could remain in place for several more weeks — so holding a typical voters' forum, as Beaverton typically does before the May election, wasn't an option.
Instead, Beaverton will hold what it is calling a virtual voters' forum, which will be streamed on the city website and broadcast live on Tualatin Valley Community Television channel 23, at 7 p.m. Monday, May 4.
"This is your opportunity to hear directly from the candidates running for office and express your concerns, ask questions, and let them know what you think are important issues to address," the event website states.
Candidates for Beaverton mayor — incumbent Denny Doyle and challengers Cate Arnold and Lacey Beaty — have been invited. So have John Dugger and Mark Fagin, running for Fagin's Position 3 on the Beaverton City Council; Kate Kristiansen and Allison Tivnon, vying to succeed Arnold in Position 4 on the Beaverton City Council; and Manuel Castaneda, Nafisa Fai and Jeffrey Hindley, candidates for Washington County commissioner from District 1.
The forum will also cover Measure 34-298, the proposed Beaverton city charter.
Voters' forums in Beaverton are presented by the Beaverton Committee for Community Involvement in collaboration with the Beaverton city government.
The city has also announced virtual information sessions on the proposed charter, which will be held at 6 p.m. April 20 and 10 a.m. April 25.
Among other changes, the proposed charter would curtail the mayor's authority and instead create a city manager position to direct city staff.
Under the current city charter, Beaverton's mayor serves as chief executive of the city, unlike most Oregon cities that have professional administrators, who can be hired and fired by the city council, in charge of city government. Beaverton's charter has been in place since voters approved it in 1980.
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