It appears the Hillsboro City Council will see a new councilor join its ranks next year, based on early election results released Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Three seats were up for grabs on the Hillsboro City Council on election night. Candidates in Hillsboro run in geographic zones, called wards, though they are elected by voters across the city.
Beach Pace, Kyle Allen and Olivia Alcaire have easily claimed seats in Tuesday's race. Updated race results can be found on our website.
The most high-profile of the races was in Hillsboro's Ward 1, where Pace, the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest, faced off against Oregon Health & Science University employee Eric Muehter. The two were racing to replace outgoing council president Darell Lumaco, who is term limited.
Pace was leading in Tuesday's early election results with 67 percent of the vote. Her opponent Eric Muehter had 31 percent.
Both candidates live in the same neighborhood in Hillsboro's Jackson School area — Muehter serves as president of their home owner's association — and both served in the U.S. military. Pace commanded an Army bomb squad and Muehter served as a hospital corpsman in the Navy. But the two differed greatly on issues of campaign finance. Pace's campaign raised more than $16,000 for the race, while Muehter refused to accept any donations.
"More than 13,000 turned out for me and I think that speaks volumes to what kind of candidate they wanted and the values they had," Pace said Tuesday. "I am honored that they chose me."
The most crowded race was in Ward 2, in central Hillsboro, where incumbent Kyle Allen was looking to secure a second term on the council.
Allen had 67 percent of Tuesday's vote, against challenger John Shepherd who secured 22 percent and William Joseph Fields who had 9 percent.
Allen, who works at Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, said he plans to focus on issues of affordable housing and walkability, building sidewalks around area schools.
Allen and Pace were both endorsed by every sitting member of the Hillsboro City Council and the Hillsboro School Board, where Allen's wife serves as a chairwoman.
Shepherd, a technical writer, said he wanted to make the city more "fun" with attractions at city parks and focused his campaign on caring for the elderly and the homeless. Fields said he plans to cut taxes and business regulations in Hillsboro.
Incumbent Olivia Alcaire, who was appointed to the council last year, easily reclaimed her seat Tuesday night. Alcaire ran unopposed and received 97 percent of Tuesday's vote.