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Hillsboro City Councilor Beach Pace says she doesn't have enough votes to force a November runoff.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Beach Pace, Hillsboro City Councilor and chief executive of the Columbia Northwest chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters, fell short of the votes needed to win the race for Washington County Chair, or to force a November runoff election. Beach Pace, the Hillsboro city councilor who challenged Kathryn Harrington for the position Washington County chair, has conceded the race to the incumbent.

Unofficial election results show that Pace trails Harrington by about 8,000 votes, with 45.2% compared to Harrington's 53.5%.

"Updated election results show that I have not received enough votes to win the Washington County commissioner at-large race," said Pace in an emailed statement from her campaign Friday, May 20. "I have called Chair Harrington to let her know that I concede this race."

Pace would have needed to get a few thousand more votes in order to deprive Harrington of the outright majority needed to avoid a November runoff election. As tallies trickled in throughout the week, it became clear that she didn't have the votes.

Harrington did not return a request for comment in time for this report.

"I am extremely appreciative of the endorsers, donors, staff, volunteers, friends and family who supported me through this tough race," Pace said. "I want to share a special thank you to the voters for participating in the democratic process and to everyone who was in my corner — your support means so much to me."

"I will continue to aim high, work hard and care deeply," Pace continued in her concession, echoing the words of then-Sen. Hillary Clinton in 2008 after she conceded the Democratic nomination to future president Barack Obama. "And this is just a stumble. I will continue to lead our community through my work as a Hillsboro city councilor and as CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest. I hope you will keep faith that our future is bright."

Pace is currently serving her first term on the Hillsboro City Council, which ends in January 2023. Her seat would be up for re-election this year, and Pace indicated in a follow-up interview that she would run for a second term.


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