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Mayor Doyle appears shoo-in for third term

No one files to run against Doyle or two City Council members

DOYLENo one is standing in front of Denny Doyle and a third term as Beaverton’s mayor.

The filing deadline for May’s primary election passed quietly Tuesday, and Doyle will be on the ballot alone.

Doyle had amassed a $43,000 campaign war chest but now has no battle to fight.

"I'm excited. We are doing so many things," he said Wednesday while traveling on city business. "It should be a great four years."

The city leaders flanking Doyle also appear likely to remain unchanged, at least in the short term, after incumbents Cate Arnold and Mark Fagin filed for re-election but no one emerged to try to take their places.

The affable Doyle has proved a popular mayor in the more than seven years he has held the office, after he ousted longtime mayor Rob Drake in 2008.

Four years later he drew two challengers but easily kept his seat with nearly 69 percent of the primary votes.

In Beaverton, elections are most often won in May, when a candidate can earn a sole spot on the November ballot by collecting more than half the votes.

Only when a majority of voters can’t settle on a candidate in the primary does more than one of them appear on the November ballot, and write-in candidates rarely fair well.

Even if a candidate were on the ballot, it would have been a daunting task to unseat Doyle, whose popularity is obvious by several measures – including money.

At public appearances, Doyle seldom misses the opportunity to tout Beaverton as being “open for business,” and companies with significant interests in the city support him with open checkbooks.

"They like what the city's doing," said Doyle, who also credited staff and fellow civic leaders. "We're far from perfect but improvements are happening."

Doyle said he would continue efforts to invigorate the local economy, including revitalizing the city's central business and residential district with new restaurants and other attractions. He also plans to push forward with efforts to replace the city's police headquarters with an earthquake-resistent building and to find a way to build an arts and cultural center.

“When Denny says Beaverton is open for business, I think he really means it,” said Doyle supporter Jerry Jones Jr., who manages Lanphere Construction and Development and also is active in city and community service, including serving on the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District’s board of directors. “Everyone’s very happy with him.”

According to ORESTAR, the Oregon Secretary of State’s campaign finance reporting website, the “Friends to Re-elect Mayor Denny Doyle” committee has claimed $43,357 in cash contributions since being reactivated on April 1, 2015.

Nike, which put its deep pockets behind Doyle when he beat Drake, is still on Doyle’s side, giving $6,500 during the past year.

Lanphere Enterprises ($5,000), Metropolitan Land Group ($2,500), the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee ($2,500), Polygon WLH ($2,000) and Regence Oregon Political Action Committee ($1,500) were among other large business-related donors. Several other developers and other companies gave up to $1,000 apiece.

Doyle’s largest individual donation was $5,000 from longtime civic booster Pat Reser.

In addition to cash donations, Doyle also received more than $5,600 in “in-kind” contributions from donors who covered campaign expenses instead of giving money. Most of that was from Big Al’s, where Doyle formally announced his candidacy last fall.

Following his 2012 campaign, Doyle also had lots of unspent cash in his re-election account. Besides covering campaign expenses, he spread the wealth among political allies and various community organizations, including $9,000 to the Westside Metros Soccer Club, which Doyle founded in 1992 and manages.

Doyle said he has not yet considered where excess money from this year's challenger-less campaign would go, but he said it would not go to waste.

"Believe me, it'll come back into the community," he said.

By Eric Apalategui
Beaverton Reporter
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