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Ashley Hartmeier-Prigg and Jerome Sibayan are both vying for Position 1 on Beaverton City Council.

SCREENSHOT - Ashley Hartmeier-Prigg and Jerome Sibayan are both vying for Position 1 on Beaverton City Council.

Ashely Hartmeier-Prigg holds a small majority of the vote over Jerome Sibayan in the Beaverton City Council runoff election, according to unofficial results from the Tuesday, Sept. 21, special election.

Both candidates are vying for Position 1, which was left vacant by freshman Mayor Lacey Beaty. The unexpired council term runs through 2022.

Three other candidates did not actively campaign during the May election. But neither Hartmeier-Prigg or Sibayan received an outright majority, leaving voters to choose between the two during Tuesday's runoff election.

With 13,328 votes counted, Hartmeier-Prigg has 50.64% of the vote. Sibayan narrowly trails behind at 49.19%.

Washington County Elections Division officials say they received a total of 14,273 ballots. There are still just under 800 outstanding ballots that still need to be counted or verified.

While the race is still too close to call, Hartmeier-Prigg expressed a cautiously optimistic outlook Tuesday night.

"We're feeling good and feeling excited that it's looking positive, and also trust the county to make sure every vote is counted," she said.

The Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District board chair has focused her campaign on affordable housing, climate action, COVID-19 recovery and racial equity. She is backed by Beaty and several other labor groups, including SEIU Local 503, the Beaverton Education Association and the Tualatin Valley Fire Fighters Union.

Should Hartmeier-Prigg win the open seat, she aims to make COVID-19 recovery a top priority.

"Making sure everyone has access to testing and helping get those folks vaccinated as well," she said. "I also want to look at how we can support local businesses to help them come out stronger from COVID-19."

Sibayan, a military veteran and city volunteer, has made the city charter a primary focus of his campaign since the start.

"We need to take a look at the city charter, fix it, and make sure it's clear and not ambiguous," he said.

Whether he ends up overtaking Hartmeier-Prigg, serving Beaverton will remain a top priority for him, Sibayan said.

"I have always said that I hope to someday be a former city councilor," he said, adding that he doesn't see it as a political stepping stone. "I actually live here, and I want to serve my community and my city, and that's it."

Editor's note: This story was updated Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 22, with an estimate from the Washington County Elections Division of the number of ballots remaining to count.

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