Hillsboro mayor announces re-election bid; another seat contested
With Hillsboro City Council President Fred Nachtigal term-limited, Hillsboro residents will be electing at least one new city councilor this November.
The last day to file for the fall City Council race is Aug. 27. Three people have already filed to run for Nachtigal's seat.
Mayor Steve Callaway and City Councilor Rick Van Beveren have also announced they will seek re-election. City Councilor Anthony Martin hasn't officially filed to run for re-election but he announced earlier this month he will be seeking a second term.
The City Council is divided into three geographic regions with two city councilors from each. Candidates run for their region but represent the entire city if elected. Each ward includes approximately 33,000 residents.
Below are short profiles of the three incumbents and the candidates running in the contested Ward 3 race.
Callaway is currently the only candidate running to be mayor. A retired principal and administrator in the Hillsboro School District, Callaway served on the City Council from 2010 until 2016, when he was elected mayor.
In a video posted online July 16 announcing his candidacy, Callaway said, "It has been a privilege to serve as mayor these past four years, a period of time in which we have accomplished a lot together."
Callaway said under his leadership, the city has added hundreds of homes to accommodate the city's growth, including creating low-income and affordable housing. The city needs to continue planning for future generations, he said.
Callaway has worked to add bike lanes, sidewalks, road capacity and transit service, he said. He also noted the city's efforts to roll out HiLight, a new city-run high-speed internet service.
Callaway is currently the president of the Oregon Mayors Association and the director of the League of Oregon Cities.
"I've been a problem-solver and a leader throughout our region and our state," Callaway said. "I've prioritized diversity, equity and inclusion work in all of our city's work, and I've been a champion for our communities of color. There's still much more to do. We need to address racism and make sure there's a seat at the Hillsboro table for everyone."
He said he has also worked to help residents impacted by the coronavirus, making small business and food assistance available.
Van Beveren is the only candidate who has filed for Ward 1, Position B. Van Beveren is the owner of Hillsboro's Reedville Café and Reedville Catering.
He was appointed to the City Council after a seat became vacant in 2015. He won election to the seat in 2016.
Van Beveren has been a Hillsboro Community Foundation board member since 1998. He previously served on the board of the Washington County Vision Action Network and the Oregon International Air Show.
Van Beveren has also been the president of the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce and served on TriMet's board of directors from 2010 to 2012.
"Hillsboro is a great place to live," Van Beveren said for a profile by the city in March. "I appreciate its rich history, diversity, natural beauty, economic vitality, and especially the 'can-do' spirit of the people who live and work here. I want to address the challenges we face as a city: affordable housing, homelessness, mobility, equity and inclusion, environmental and economic sustainability, and opportunity for our residents."
Martin is the only candidate who has announced a run for Ward 2, Position B. Martin is a financial and economic analyst for the City of Portland.
He was elected to the City Council in 2016 after having moved to Hillsboro more than a year before. Martin has lived in the area his whole life, having gone to Banks High School.
He currently serves as chair of the Hillsboro Transportation Committee and he's a member of the Hillsboro Sustainability Task Force and the Hillsboro Budget Committee
In announcing his bid for re-election, Martin pointed to his efforts to initiate HiLight, the city's residential composting program and assistance programs for small businesses and residents affected by COVID-19.
"We need to have an eye toward the future and proactively address issues like affordable housing, infrastructure maintenance, and sustainability," Martin states on his campaign website. "Hillsboro's government should work for its people, make positive change, and be financially sustainable for the long term."
Kimberly Culbertson, John Kinsky and Gina Roletto are running to replace Nachtigal in Ward 3. The ward covers the city's downtown up to Glencoe High School and south along Tualatin Valley Highway to Witch Hazel.
Culbertson filed to run on July 6. Culbertson is a self-employed online retail business owner, according to her candidate filing document.
She has served as a volunteer member of the Hillsboro 2020 Vision & Action, the Hillsboro 2035 Community Plan and the Hillsboro Downtown Partnership. She has also served on the Hillsboro Urban Renewal Advisory Committee since 2008 and the Hillsboro Airport Master Plan Advisory Committee in 2017.
In 2018, Culbertson ran unsuccessfully against former Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey for a seat on the Washington County Board of Commissioners.
Culbertson was also chair of the Heart of Hillsboro Neighborhood Association from 2004 to 2012.
She also serves on the board of directors of Willamette West Habitat for Humanity and the Hillsboro Food Co-op.
Culbertson was also the president of the Washington County Master Gardeners Association in 2017 and vice president in 2015 and 2016.
"I have been listening and going to meetings, volunteering and speaking out, to help form our growing city to be a place where we all feel heard, we all have a stake in the future of our city," Culbertson said in a post on Facebook announcing her candidacy.
Kinsky also filed on July 6. Kinsky is a manager at the cybersecurity company McAfee, which has an office in Hillsboro.
Kinsky served as mayor of Banks from 2008 to 2013, when he resigned after moving to Hillsboro to take a job.
Kinsky has also previously served on the Hillsboro Planning Commission and the Planning and Zoning Hearings Board.
He has an MBA from George Fox University and a bachelor's degree from Vanguard University of Southern California, a private Christian university.
Roletto was the third candidate to file. She is currently an assistant principal at Bridger K-8 School in Southeast Portland.
A Hillsboro resident for more than 20 years, Roletto previously served in several positions at the Hillsboro School District, including as a K-6 teacher.
Roletto has also coordinated Migrant Summer School Program and helped to open South Meadows Middle School as the dean of students, according to her campaign website.
She has previously served as the board president of the Oregon Association of Latino Administrators and is currently a board member.
"As a Latina woman, I borrow from my lived experiences and champion for others and their success through mentorship," Roletto states on her campaign website. "I plan to use my experiences as a council member to bring more residents into the process to help shape our community."
Roletto lives with her husband and three sons.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to include information about Martin, who hasn't officially filed to run for re-election but has announced he will run.
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