Two more candidates seek vacant seat on Beaverton City Council
Two more candidates seek the Beaverton City Council seat vacated by Beaverton Mayor Lacey Beaty.
Last month, the City Council declared a special election to fill the seat vacated by Beaty, who had two years remaining in her four-year term as a city councilor when she resigned in order to take office as mayor in January. The council voted to schedule a special election on May 18, so Beaverton voters will choose who fills that position.
The race includes three candidates so far.
Pamplin Media Group first interviewed Ashley Hartmeier-Prigg, who announced her candidacy earlier this month.
Also running for the position is attorney Cameron Green. Green announced his candidacy via Facebook on Wednesday, Feb. 10.
Green, 30, grew up in North Carolina and earned his undergraduate degree in political science with a minor in international relations from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He later earned a law degree from the University of Miami.
After working as a public defender in Washington County, Green now practices civil rights and criminal defense law for Clark Law and Associates in Portland. He is also a member of Beaverton's human rights advisory commission, a volunteer board.
When asked about why he's running for the council position, Green said the commission inspired him to do more for the city.
He added, "This is where I'm settling down, and I want to be involved in having to say to what's going on around here. Also, trying to make where I live a better place."
Green has also worked on campaigns, such as the Amazon unionization effort, which is a national campaign to highlight worker safety and wage efforts for employees. The candidate says he assisted the campaign by standing on the union line and any other support people needed.
Green also cited his involvement in the Universal Preschool Now campaign. According to Green, the goal is to create a system of universal preschool to ensure every that student gets the same advantage of early education.
City councilor would be Green's first elected office.
As for issues that need to be tackled in Beaverton, Green says that the city needs to acknowledge that Beaverton is growing and becoming more of an extension of Portland, which requires developing the city's infrastructure.
The candidate also listed the need for more affordable housing and spoke about the importance of racial justice as part of his campaign.
"We need to reform the police," Green said. "Beaverton Police are doing the best job they can in a lot of situations, but I've spoken directly to Chief (Ronda) Groshong and expressed my view that they can be even better. Luckily, it seems like our police department here aspires to be better. They aspire to be the best they can."
Green hopes the city can offer workshops to help businesses suffering from economic loss due to COVID-19. If elected, he would also cite the need for more public transit, including better roads, throughout the city.
Educator and veteran Jerome Sibayan also confirmed he is running for Beaverton City Council last week.
Sibayan, 55, is not originally from Beaverton, but he moved to the area after a long career in the military. Prior to moving, he also spent some time as a professor at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
The candidate still works for the college as an adjunct professor teaching an online class on critical thinking.
Originally from Guam, Sibayan later moved to Ukiah, California, and then to Salem in 1970 with his family. As a child of Filipino immigrants, Sibayan says he can bring a different perspective to the City Council.
"We talk a lot about being a welcoming city, and part of that is welcoming everybody to the city," Sibayan said. "Demographics-wise, there are Filipinos here, there are Somalis here, and we have to recognize that we are a melting pot."
He added, "But somehow, we have to balance this idea of acknowledging and celebrating different communities while also asserting that we are one community in the city of Beaverton."
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Beaverton has the largest percentage of foreign-born residents out of the major cities in the Portland metropolitan area, with 21.1% — just ahead of neighboring Hillsboro, at 20.6%, and well ahead of larger Portland (13.5%), Gresham (16.4%) and Vancouver, Washington (13.9%).
Sibayan also earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Oregon State University along with a Master of Engineering from the University of Idaho. He later earned a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College and a doctorate in security studies from Kansas State University.
The candidate is currently a member of the Beaverton social services funding committee and was a prior member of the Metro "Get Moving 2020" local investment team. Other experience includes being a member of the Beaverton School District bond accountability committee and an alternate member of the Beaverton human rights advisory commission.
Sibayan says he's running for City Council because he was inspired by the new city charter, along with continuing with his love for public service. If elected, the council position would be his first time in elected office.
As for what issues should be tackled in Beaverton, Sibayan says he would like to see boards and commissions combined to create more efficiency in city government. The candidate also hopes to help the city recover and grow during and after the COVID-19 crisis.
Sibayan also listed the need for more affordable housing and more walkable transportation as Beaverton continues to grow.
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