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With Ashley Hartmeier-Prigg aboard, the Beaverton City Council now has seven members behind the virtual dais.

PMG PHOTO: KELCIE GREGA  - Ashley Hartmeier-Prigg signs legal documents after being appointed as Interim City Councilor on Tueday, Oct. 5.

Ashley Hartmeier-Prigg's election hasn't yet been certified, but she's already serving on the Beaverton City Council.

Hartmeier-Prigg was officially appointed to the Beaverton City Council on Tuesday, Oct. 5. Her appointment is considered to be on an "interim" basis until the results of the Sept. 21 special election are certified, according to city officials.

Unofficial results show Hartmeier-Prigg was narrowly elected to fill Position 1. Beaverton's charter allows candidates who are leading an election to fill in as interim city councilor until results are officially verified.

Once election results are certified, officials say, Hartmeier-Prigg will assume a permanent role behind the dais.

The Beaverton City Council was expanded to seven members under the city's new voter-approved charter that went into effect Jan. 1, 2021.

"It's been a long time that we've been working to get seven councilors on board, and it's really a thrill to have seven councilors on board this evening, said Councilor Marc San Soucie during Tuesday's council meeting.

San Soucie, who is unable to run for re-election in 2022 due to term limits imposed by the new charter, said he is "looking forward to working with (Hartmeier-Prigg) for as long as I'm around."

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 Mayor Lacey Beaty, who previously held the council seat.

Jerome Sibayan also ran for the seat, receiving about 49% of the vote in September — less than 300 votes short of Hartmeier-Prigg's total.

Sibayan, a critic of the new charter, was backed by Beaty's predecessor as mayor, Denny Doyle, and longtime former city councilor and mayoral candidate Cate Arnold.

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