One council race also heats up

Beaverton Mayor Dennis Doyle will not be alone in his run to maintain a seat at the head of the city table.

Two candidates, Pavel Goberman and John Somoza, filed for office by the March 6 deadline to challenge the incumbent in the May 15 primary election.

Doyle, who voters elected as mayor in 2008, is running for a second term. Serving on the City Council for 14 years, he's worked in the computer management field for nearly three decades.

Of his challengers for the paid position, Goberman is a retired fitness instructor and Somoza specializes in strategic business development for Intel. The former has run for office several times. Somoza unsuccessfully challenged Marc San Soucie for his Position 5 seat on the City Council in 2010. He also ran for a Beaverton School Board position last year but ultimately withdrew from the race for professional reasons.

The Washington County Elections Division has certified all candidates who filed, said City Recorder Cathy Jansen.

Election race begins for City Council

Here is a rundown of the City Council races:

Position 3

  • Council President Cathy Stanton, the longest currently serving councilor, announced in December she would not seek reelection.

  • Mark Fagin, who serves on the Beaverton Planning Commission, Visioning Advisory Committee and Civic Plan Steering Committee, has filed for the position in his second City Council run. He unsuccessfully challenged Councilor Betty Bode for her Position 2 seat in 2010.

  • Rob Solomon, a veteran mental health counselor and chairman of the city's Human Rights Advisory Commission, is also running for the post.

    Position 4

  • Incumbent Catherine Arnold is running unopposed for what would be her third council term.

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