Doyle, Beaty ahead in race for Beaverton mayor seat
Incumbent Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle and Lacey Beaty, a member of the Beaverton City Council, who is in the middle of her second term, were leading in a race for mayor, according to early election numbers. Doyle had 45.20% of the votes and Beaty had 33.70%, initial numbers that are expected to send them to the November election to determine a winner.
Cate Arnold, who previously announced she was leaving her Position 4 council seat after 16 years to pursue the mayor's seat, was trailing with 20.84%.
Doyle has been in city office for a total of 30 years. In previous interviews, he has counted new businesses, along with both the construction of the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts and the Public Safety Center, as accomplishments achieved during his tenure.
Beaty has said she was running in part to change a city that "is not working for everyone," pointing out the Beaverton faces housing and transportation challenges. She had listed homelessness, congestion and climate change as among the issues the city faces and said a collaborative approach was needed to fix them.
Beaty was in the United States Army where she was trained as a radiology technologist and a combat medic. She was deployed to Iraq in 2004.
Arnold had said she was running in large part to promote a revised city charter, a measure that appeared to be winning handily. That charter would change city government by appointing a city manager as the chief executive officer instead of continuing with the mayor serving in that position. It would include taking away the mayor's ability to hire and fire the heads of the city's various departments with a city manager in charge of those duties.
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