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The Beaverton Downtown Association executive director has helped lead revitalization efforts in the city.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Kevin Teater won the Oregon Main Street award for executive director of the year in 2020 for his leadership role with the Beaverton Downtown Association.

The leader of the Beaverton Downtown Association has his eyes on a new endeavor: Position 2 on the Beaverton City Council.

Kevin Teater, who also serves on Beaverton's planning commission, announced his candidacy on Friday, Nov. 19.

"We've been really fortunate to have such a great sense of community and collaboration in downtown, but it has taken a lot of hard work to create that culture," Teater said in his campaign announcement. "As a member of Beaverton City Council, I will continue to support that 'hometown' feel throughout the city."

As executive director of the startup organization, Teater helped usher in quite a few changes for downtown Beaverton, including securing a $200,000 from the Oregon Main Street program to support a number of downtown revitalization projects.

His work with the BDA helped the organization earn an award from Oregon Main Street for "Excellence in Downtown Revitalization." Teater himself won executive director of the year.

Teater said he has his sights set well beyond downtown, however.

"Beaverton is so much more than just downtown Beaverton though, and I will make sure that all voices are heard throughout our city, especially those that have been ignored or overlooked for far too long," he said. "This means placing an even greater emphasis on diverse racial and cultural community engagement and empowerment. Beaverton is only home if it is a welcoming home for all."

In addition to his role in the BDA and planning commission, Teater runs a blog focused on urban planning in Beaverton, where he often voices support for issues like climate activism, racial justice and housing equity.

"I'm really excited to guide and promote projects like the housing code updates, Beaverton Loop street redesigns, the Downtown Equity Strategy, tree code updates, the creation of multicultural spaces, and more," Teater said. "We have such a unique opportunity to create a hometown that is known around the nation for being sustainable, welcoming, and innovative."

Position 2 is currently held by Laura Mitchell, who is in her second term.

Mitchell, who was also appointed by her fellow councilors to serve as council president, was elected to office in 2018, defeating three other challengers and succeeding longtime councilor Betty Bode, who died months after leaving office.

Mitchell previously chaired the city's budget committee and social services funding committee.

Mitchell has not responded to inquiries yet on whether or not she plans to run for re-election.

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