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Filing for city posts will open Monday

Get those pens ready.

Beaverton residents interested in running for mayor or the City Council will be collecting signatures for their nomination petitions.

Beginning Monday, political hopefuls can file for two open seats on the council and for the city's top job in the May 20 primary election.

Councilors Dennis Doyle and Bruce Dalrymple have already announced their intention to challenge Mayor Rob Drake for his position.

Meanwhile, Councilors Cathy Stanton and Catherine Arnold will have to seek re-election for their Position 3 and 4 seats on the council respectively.

The candidates for all city offices are nominated in the primary, with the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes battling for the post in the Nov. 4 general election.

If one candidate receives a majority (50 percent plus one vote) of all votes cast in the primary, then that candidate alone will receive the nomination and have his/her name forwarded to the general election ballot. The candidate earning the most votes in the general election will be the elected candidate.

Councilors are elected at-large and serve for four years. Candidates must be 18 as of the election date, must have resided in the city limits six months prior to the election date, and must be willing to sign an Acceptance of Nomination form.

Hopefuls may file for candidacy by completing a Petition for Nomination Signature Sheet. The petition must be signed by no fewer than 10 or more than 20 qualified Beaverton voters, and signatures must be verified by the Washington County Elections Office, 3700 S.W. Murray Blvd., Suite 101.

The position being filed for must be specified, and in the case of a City Council position, the position number must be noted.

Candidates must also file with the city elections officer, 4755 S.W. Griffith Drive. Packets for filing can be obtained from the City Recorder's Office and are also on the city of Beaverton Web site at www.beavertonoregon.gov.

The deadline for filing for public office is 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 11.