Check your mailbox soon for Beaverton runoff election ballot
Beaverton voters should check their mailboxes this week for their mail-in ballots for the Beaverton City Council runoff election set for Tuesday, Sept. 21.
Ballots were mailed out on Wednesday, Sept. 1. The deadline to register to vote for the runoff election was on Tuesday, Aug. 31.
Ballots must be received not later than 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21. They can be mailed (without needing paid postage) or dropped at an official ballot drop site.
Ashley Hartmeier-Prigg and Jerome Sibayan easily claimed the top two spots in the May 18 election for Position 1, which was previously held by now-Mayor Lacey Beaty.
The unexpired council term runs through 2022.
Hartmeier-Prigg finished just a smidge below the 50% mark she needed to pass to avoid the runoff against Sibayan.
The Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District board chair has focused her campaign on affordable housing, climate action, COVID-19 recovery and racial equity.
Hartmeier-Prigg is backed by Beaty and several other labor groups, including SEIU Local 503, the Beaverton Education Association and the Tualatin Valley Fire Fighters Union.
Sibayan earned 38.6% of the vote in May, about 10 percentage points below Hartmeier-Prigg's 49%.
A military veteran and city volunteer, Sibayan touts his campaign as completely self-funded and says he intends on donating his councilor compensation to local nonprofits.
Sibayan's campaign emphasizes public safety and police reform, although he expressly notes that he does not support "defunding" the Beaverton Police Department. Sibayan also intends to focus on infrastructure and clarifying the city's charter.
Sibayan is backed by several former City Council members, including Beaty's predecessor, Denny Doyle, and 2020 mayoral candidate Cate Arnold.
Twenty-four-hour ballot drop sites will be available at the Aloha Community Library, the Beaverton City Library, the Beaverton Library at Murray Scholls, the Bethany Library, the Cedar Mill Community Library, the Washington County Elections Office, the Washington County Service Center East, and the West Slope Community Library.
Note that although some of the official ballot drop sites are in unincorporated Washington County, only registered voters in the city of Beaverton are eligible to vote in the election.
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