The former THPRD board chair will fill the vacant seat left behind by Beaverton Mayor Lacey Beaty.

COURTESY - Ashley Hartmeier-Prigg

Ashley Hartmeier-Prigg has claimed a narrow win over Jerome Sibayan in the Beaverton City Council runoff election.

According to unofficial results posted Wednesday evening, Sept. 22, Hartmeier-Prigg leads by 256 votes. That's more than the roughly 200 outstanding or challenged ballots that the Washington County Elections Division said Thursday morning, Sept. 23, remain to be counted.

Hartmeier-Prigg and Sibayan were vying for Position 1, which was left vacant by freshman Mayor Lacey Beaty. The unexpired council term runs through 2022.

The Beaverton City Council scheduled a special election to fill the seat. Hartmeier-Prigg was the top vote-getter in May, but she fell short of a majority, so a runoff was set between her and Sibayan, who received the second-largest vote share.

The race was too close to call on Election Night Tuesday, Sept. 21, with Hartmeier-Prigg holding only a slight lead against Sibayan with 50.64% of the vote.

With more votes tallied, Hartmeier-Prigg widened her lead. She now holds a 1.8 percentage point lead with 7,126 votes, 256 more votes than Sibayan, as of Thursday.

Under state elections law, voters have until Oct. 5 to verify their challenged ballots. While elections officials encourage voters who are notified that their ballot was challenged to come forward and verify it, mathematically, there are not enough challenged ballots to change the outcome of the election.

Hartmeier-Prigg ran a progressive campaign focused on COVID-19 recovery, affordable housing, climate change and social equity.

She received endorsements from several Beaverton city officials, including Beaty, who previously held the council seat.

Hartmeier-Prigg thanked her volunteers and donors Wednesday night on her campaign's Facebook page.

"I am truly honored to be elected to Beaverton City Council," she wrote. "I am ready to work for our community, and I thank you for trusting me with this responsibility. Believe in Beaverton."

On Tuesday, Sibayan said he felt good about his campaign, and he said he intends to serve Beaveton in the future, behind the dais or not.

"I have always said that I hope to someday be a former city councilor," said Sibayan, who touted his work as a city volunteer during his campaign. He stressed that he did not see the council seat as a political stepping stone: "I actually live here, and I want to serve my community and my city, and that's it."

Hartmeier-Prigg will be sworn in as a city councilor by early October, Beaverton city officials said.

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