September runoff set in Beaverton City Council race
After no candidate received an outright majority of the vote on May 18, the top two finishers in a special election for a seat on the Beaverton City Council will do it over again this fall.
Ashley Hartmeier-Prigg and Jerome Sibayan finished well ahead of three other candidates who did not actively campaign for Position 1, where the resignation of now-Mayor Lacey Beaty left a vacancy. Voters will decide in a runoff election between Hartmeier-Prigg and Sibayan, scheduled for Sept. 21, who will fill out the unexpired council term, which runs through 2022.
The results of the May 18 election have been certified and are now official, according to the Washington County Elections Division.
Hartmeier-Prigg finished just under 1 percentage point below the 50% mark, which she needed to exceed to avoid a runoff against Sibayan.
"I am honored that Beaverton voters overwhelmingly chose our campaign focused on affordable housing, climate action, and Beaverton's COVID-19 recovery in the May election, where I earned 49.05 percent of the vote in a five-way race," Hartmeier-Prigg said in an emailed statement Monday, June 7. "We are not skipping a beat, and I look forward to a robust debate about the issues that matter the most to the city that I love in the September special election runoff."
Sibayan received 38.61% in the contest, about 10 points short of Hartmeier-Prigg.
"I am looking forward to continuing my campaign to serve the people of Beaverton with honor, integrity and respect," Sibayan said in a statement Monday. "I continue to see this election campaign as a job interview, and I will continue to stand on my solid record as a veteran, an engineer, an educator and a community volunteer. ... I remain deeply indebted to the American people and consider public service a duty and an obligation."
Hartmeier-Prigg is backed by Mayor Beaty and much of the Beaverton City Council, as well as the other members of the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District's board of directors, which she currently chairs. She is also endorsed by several major business and labor organizations, including the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce.
Beaty's predecessor as mayor, Denny Doyle, is among Sibayan's prominent supporters. Longtime City Councilor Cate Arnold, who ran unsuccessfully for mayor rather than seek another council term last year, has also endorsed Sibayan. He is supported by the Beaverton Police Association as well.
By Mark Miller
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