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Two incumbents face a single challenger, while six in total are vying for an open seat.

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF HILLSBORO - City council candidates are running to represent the city's wards as they are currently drawn. However, the city will have to change the map to account for population growth. It's expected to do so in time for the 2023 election.

The slate of candidates running for Hillsboro City Council is locked in since the filing deadline passed last week.

There are no longer any wide-open races. All of the incumbents will have challengers and the open Ward 2 seat being vacated by Council President Kyle Allen will see a packed six-person field.

First, the Ward 1 seat currently occupied by Beach Pace will see her face off against Pat Ribellia this November. COURTESY PHOTO - Hillsboro City Councilor Beach Pace is running for a second term on the Hillsboro City Council and faces a challenger in planning consultant Pat Ribellia.

Pace, who mounted an unsuccessful bid for Washington County chair this spring, is the chief executive of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Northwest.

Ribellia is a land use and planning consultant who served as planning director for Hillsboro from 2006 to 2012, according to his filing form.

The Ward 2 race has a vast field of candidates, with six in total vying for the open seat that Allen leaves behind. The two-term councilor is barred by the city charter from running for a third consecutive term.

Candidates for Ward 2 are described in alphabetical order by last name using the information on their candidate filing form.

• Chris Adzima is a senior information systems analyst and formerly worked on fraud prevention for the U.S. Army. COURTESY PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER ADZIMA - Chris Adzima is one of six candidates running for an open seat on the Hillsboro City Council.

• Ian Barrett is a construction cost manager who lists no prior work experience or governmental background on his filing.

• Kenneth Knowles is a database engineer and previously worked for Washington County Parks and Recreation.

• Nicole Mastropietro is a data entry and customer service agent specializing in transportation media. She lists previous governmental experience as the vice president of the Parent Teacher Organization at L.C. Tobias Elementary School in Aloha.

• Jerry Shamoon is a deputy for the Washington County Sheriff's Office and a local real estate agent. He previously served in the U.S. Marine Corps and served on the sheriff's office staffing and overtime committee. COURTESY PHOTO: OREGON FIRST REALTY - Jerry Shamoon is one of six candidates vying for an open seat on the Hillsboro City Council.

• Kipperlyn Sinclair is the founder and director of Eat Drink Washington County, a local network of farm-to-table suppliers. She was previously appointed to serve on the Hillsboro Planning Commission.

Finally, Ward 3 councilor Olivia Alcaire faces one challenger for her position A seat: Ivette Pantoja Avalos.

Alcaire is a computer lab and tutoring coordinator for Portland Community College. She also sits on the board of Bienestar, a nonprofit that builds low-income housing. PMG FILE PHOTO - Olivia Alcaire is a sitting Hillsboro City Councilor who is running for a second term. She faces one challenger on the November ballot in childcare provider Ivette Pantoja Avalos.

Pantoja Avalos is the owner of Briar Rose School, a private daycare, pre-school and pre-K center in Hillsboro. She also serves on the advisory board for Washington County's Child Care Resource & Referral resource. COURTESY PHOTO: IVETTEPANTOJA.COM - Ivette Pantoja Avalos is running against Olivia Alcaire for a seat on the Hillsboro City Council this fall.

Each city councilor represents their respective wards in the city, with each ward granted two seats on the council. However, city councilors are elected by voters citywide, and they vote on matters that affect the entire populace.

Candidates this year are running for seats as the map is currently drawn, though city staffers and the council are hashing out how to redraw the ward map following the results of the 2020 U.S. Census. It showed that far more people live in northern Ward 1 than in either of the other two wards.

City officials say that map will be finalized in time for the 2023 election cycle. Candidates must live within the boundaries of their ward for at least 12 months prior to Election Day, Nov. 8, to be eligible.

Hillsboro city councilors serve four-year terms.


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