Here's who is running for Hillsboro City Council this November
With the current president of the Hillsboro City Council term limited, Hillsboro voters will elect at least one new councilor during this fall's general election.
The last day to file for the fall City Council race was Aug. 27. Six candidates have filed to run for the three open positions on the council.
The city council is divided into three geographic regions. Each ward represents approximately 33,000 residents.
Below are short profiles on each of the candidates.
Beach Pace and Eric Muehter are running to replacing outgoing City Council President Darell Lumaco, who is term limited. The winner of the race will take their seat in Ward 1, a far reaching district which represents everything from Jackson School Road east to Tanasbourne.
The first to file for the seat was Beach Pace, the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest. A veteran of the U.S. Army and Westpoint graduate, Pace currently serves on the Hillsboro Planning Commission and is an active volunteer with the Hillsboro School District, organizing the annual Jackson Elementary School Fall Fest since 2013.
"Service has always been at the heart of what I do," Pace said. "… Everyone should have a voice and every person should be able to engage with and benefit from the community that we are building in Hillsboro, both today and in the future."
If elected, Pace says she plans to focus on issues of transportation, homelessness and entrepreneurial development.
Challenging her is Eric Muehter, a field technology analyst with Oregon Health & Science University. Muehter is a veteran of the U.S. Navy who served in Kuwait during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
While Muehter doesn't have any political experience, he currently serves as president of the Jones Farm Homeowners Association. Muehter previous served on the board for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 328, the union which represents OHSU employees.
"I believe that Hillsboro represents the greatest facets of our country, and I want to be part of the bright future of our city," he wrote on his campaign website.
Muehter said he wants to tackle the city's seemingly explosive growth, while maintaining Hillsboro's "history and charm."
Hillsboro's Ward 2 which will see the most competition. Occupying the center of the city, Ward 2 runs from 10th Avenue along Tualatin Valley Highway and Main Street to Cornelius Pass Road. That race features three candidates.
Incumbent Kyle Allen is seeking his second term on the city council.
Allen has served on the City Council since January 2015. Allen manages school-based health programs with Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center in Cornelius and serves on the board of trustees for Family Promise of Washington County homeless shelter.
Allen — who is married to Hillsboro School Board member Lisa Allen — said he plans to focus on public safety, transportation and affordable housing if re-elected.
"It's been such an honor to serve the people of Hillsboro, and there is still more to do," Allen said. "I'm looking forward to continuing this work for our community so that Hillsboro remains a great place to live, work, and play."
Political newcomer John Shepherd, a technical writer with Massachusetts-based Lionbridge Technologies, has lived in Hillsboro for 24 years. He said he is happy with many of the things the city is doing, but wants to find ways to make the city more fun for families.
"Hillsboro is a great place to live and work. Let's make it a great place to play," he said.
Shepherd plans to focus on ways to bring more recreational opportunities to city parks such as amusement park features, and would like to expand services for area seniors. Shepherd said he also wants see more low income housing to the city, he said.
A third candidate, William Joseph Fields, said he wants to bring his conservative values to Hillsboro's city council. Fields said he entered the race because he was "appalled" at the state of his country, and wanted to do something to make it better.
"I have solutions to homelessness, to water issues, to taxation," Fields said. "I have solutions on how to bring solutions to Oregon as whole. I want to help build bridges rather than burn them."
Fields declined to disclose his work or educational history in his city council filing. According to his Facebook page, he is a political activist who studied at the "University of Self Education."
Incumbent Olivia Alcaire is the sole candidate in Hillsboro's Ward 3, which represents the city's downtown up to Glencoe High School and south along Tualatin Valley Highway to Witch Hazel.
Alcaire is seeking her first full term on the city council. Alcaire was appointed to the seat in 2017 to fill the remainder of Steve Callaway's term after he was elected mayor.
"I have enjoyed serving on the City Council," Alcaire said. "I want to encourage more citizens to engage with our local government and work together to make Hillsboro a great place to call home."
Alcaire serves on the board of directors for a handful of local housing and education nonprofits, including Bienestar of Oregon, which provides housing to low-income families. Alcaire also serves on the board of Willamette West Habitat for Humanity and CREATE, a nonprofit alternative school in Cornelius which works with at-risk youth to earn a high school diploma or GED.
If re-elected, Alcaire plans to focus on affordable housing, in creating economic development opportunities, creating safe sidewalks and addressing transportation issues.
By Geoff Pursinger
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