Councilor Cate Arnold announces for Beaverton mayor
Cate Arnold is the second Beaverton city councilor to announce a bid for mayor.
But Arnold, who is leaving her Position 4 seat after 16 years, said she's running largely to promote the revised city charter that voters will decide on in the same May 19 election.
That measure would shift city government from an elected mayor to an appointed manager as the chief executive of city government. The mayor would remain full time as the city's chief elected representative, but would no longer hire and fire department heads or prepare the city budget.
"It is a platform to get the word out about why it is important to update our city charter, and to turn the position of mayor back to one of service, rather than as an overpaid manager," Arnold said in a statement released Friday.
The filing deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 10. Arnold hadn't filed as of 10 a.m. Friday.
Councilor Lacey Beaty, who was elected to Position 1 in 2014, also is running for mayor. She also supports the revised city charter — voters created the strong mayor-council form of government in 1980 — but Beaty said the revision should not have been scheduled for the same election as the mayor's office.
Mayor Denny Doyle is seeking a fourth four-year term.
If no one wins a majority in the May 19 primary, the top two finishers advance to the Nov. 3 general election.
Beaverton's mayor is paid about $185,000. Beaverton is Oregon's only large city with the elected mayor, not an appointed manager, as the chief executive of city government.
But Arnold thinks Beaverton should adopt the form of government used by most other cities, excluding Portland.
"I am putting all my efforts into helping our community members recognize that this is an important modernization of our city's rules that will help protect against corruption and waste by having operations run by a professional manager that answers to the council, that adds term limits to give more community members a chance to serve, requires a public hearing for all ordinances and removes archaic language and practices," Arnold said.
The revised charter also would impose a three-term limit for councilors and the mayor — the limits are separate — but they would apply only after the charter takes effect on Jan. 1, 2021.
If voters approve the revised charter on May 19, it would create a sixth seat on the council. Arnold said she would be open to running for that seat, which would be on the Nov. 3 general election ballot. The revised charter also would give the mayor a vote — the mayor presides over council meetings now but votes only if there is a tie — so that there would be seven members.
Arnold, 61, is the longest serving member of the current council. She was on the Beaverton Committee for Community Involvement for the previous decade. She has a long history of volunteer participation in city activities, including the Social Service Funding Committee, which recommends to the council how to spend $200,000 among community organizations.
She earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 1980, and a master's in finance in 1981, both from Texas A&M University. She was a consultant for Arthur Andersen, the former accounting company, then was a programmer and production scheduler at Precision Castparts from 1987 until she gave birth to her daughter in 1993 and decided to be a stay-at-home mother.
She and her husband of 31 years, Randy, have two grown sons and a grown daughter.
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