Fagin defeats Solomon for Position 3 council seat
by: jaime valdez, Mark Fagin (left) and Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle congratulate each other after winning the City Council position and Mayor respectively at the election headquarters at the former Bob Lanphere's Infiniti dealership.

Photo by Jaime Valdez

Beaverton Mayor Dennis Doyle glided easily into a second-term victory against two opponents in Tuesday night's primary election, while Mark Fagin - in his second run for a City Council seat - bagged a decisive victory over challenger Rob Solomon.

Doyle, a first-term mayor and longtime former city councilor, brought in 7,963 votes, or 69 percent. Of his opponents, John Somoza took in 3,153, or 27 percent of the vote, and Pavel Goberman received 408 votes, or 3.5 percent.

Fagin surpassed Solomon, a veteran mental health counselor and chairman of the city's Human Rights Commission, with 6,979 votes, or 71.2 percent, while Solomon took in 2,774 votes, or or 28.3 percent.

Doyle and Fagin, a member of the Planning Commission Board of Directors, shared a victory celebration at the former Beaverton-Lanphere Infiniti dealership on Canyon Road in downtown Beaverton.

'I'm really excited,' Doyle said among a lively throng of city staff, city councilors, friends and supporters. 'It's truly a statement to the staff that works for the city of Beaverton. Anything in my role as city manager and mayor' to help fulfill their mission, 'I'm going to do."

'I want to thank the citizens of Beaverton,' he added, 'for the chance to keep rolling ahead for another four years.'

Fagin, owner of Beaverton-based Gaston Sales, said he learned from his previous campaign and was confident his fresh approach would lead to victory for the Position 3 seat currently held by Councilor Cathy Stanton. Serving in the role since 1994, Stanton announced in December she would not seek another term.

'I feel good,' Fagin said, noting the margin of victory was significantly larger than he envisioned. 'It was obviously decisive, which is great … I ran a really good, honest campaign, and did everything I set out to do at the beginning.'

After Doyle addressed the crowd and thanked people for their support, he introduced Fagin as 'Beaverton's newest city councilor.'

'Great things are happening in Beaverton,' Fagin said. 'We've got a lot of building blocks in place to move this city forward, and it's gonna be exciting.'

Jim McCreight, a longtime Beaverton community activist and Urban Renewal Agency member, said he's pleased the primary results will allow Fagin - who will take over Stanton's role in January - to concentrate on the work ahead rather than campaigning.

'I think everyone's relieved there won't be a runoff election in the fall, so Mark can get down to business,' he said.

That includes working on detailed plans related to The Round at Beaverton Central. The City Council earlier this year agreed to purchase the South Office Building at the troubled complex for $8.65 million and cleared the way for a Portland developer to revitalize other aspects of the property.

'Fagin can spend the next six months getting familiar with the issues, so he can hit the ground running in January,' McCreight said.

Catherine Arnold, who celebrated her own quiet victory in an uncontested race for her City Council seat, said she's excited by the implications of the primary victories.

'I'm happy with the outcomes that are going to allow the strongest City Council we've had yet,' she said, noting she looks forward to working on the city's visioning and urban renewal goals. 'The vote is a good confirmation that (residents) have confidence in us. And we are going to do our darndest to earn it.'

As he surveyed a large election-victory cake bearing photos of him as well as Fagin, Doyle praised his opponents for bringing depth to the campaign.

'Thanks for the two people who ran against me, who got me off my butt,' he said of Somoza and Goberman. 'What this is all about is an affirmation of what works for the city of Beaverton and what the residents of Beaverton want and are all about. I'm tickled and humbled to be able to sit up and be a cheerleader for another four years.'

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