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Beaverton mayoral race a runoff; city charter will change

Incumbent Denny Doyle and challenger Lacey Beaty advance to the general election for Beaverton mayor as the city passes Measure 34-298 for a new style of government.
Credit: KGW

BEAVERTON, Ore. — Denny Doyle and Lacey Beaty have advanced to the general election in November in the race to be Beaverton’s mayor.

Doyle, the incumbent mayor, failed to gain the necessary 50% of the votes and will head to a fall runoff against Beaty.

Doyle got 45% of the vote, as of 10 p.m. Tuesday. Beaty picked up 34% and third-place finisher Cate Arnold got 21% of ballots cast.

Doyle has been the mayor of Beaverton since January 2009. Prior to being elected mayor, he was on the city council for 14 years. Doyle ran on a campaign focused on Beaverton’s rating as one of the safest cities in Oregon, reducing traffic congestion and lowering housing costs.

Beaty, a former combat medic who is currently on the city council, argued it’s time for new leadership in Beaverton. Her campaign focused on the affordability of housing for seniors and young families, how Beaverton is prepared to handle the expected continue growth of the metro area, and the need for greater health care access in underserved areas.

Results: Beaverton mayoral race and Measure 34-298

Voters also addressed the city’s government style in Tuesday’s primary.

It’s projected that Beaverton residents passed Measure 34-298, meaning the city will adopt a new form of government in which a city manager appointed by the city council, not the mayor, will oversee the city’s day-to-day operations, among other changes. The measure was approved with 55% of the vote.

More results: Oregon 2020 primary

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