Councilor Dalrymple retracts bid for Beaverton mayor post

by: , Councilor Bruce Dalrymple

City Councilor Bruce S. Dalrymple Tuesday afternoon announced that he would not run for Beaverton mayor in the May primary election.

'I made this decision due to a health reason that has surfaced and after careful consideration and review with my family,' Dalrymple said. 'I decided now was not the time for me to run a mayoral race campaign in addition to my business and City Council responsibilities.'

He said his decision to not challenge Mayor Rob Drake and fellow Councilor Dennis Doyle for the city's top job would not keep him from continuing his service to the community.

'After more than 20 years of community service, I have no intention of stepping away from my continued involvement,' Dalrymple said. 'This decision does not affect my responsibility to serve as a city councilor.

'I look forward to continuing in that role and expect to be fully engaged in the policy decisions that shape our city. I feel it's best for our community that I make this announcement now to ensure we will have a rigorous and relevant discussion concerning the mayoral race.'

Dalrymple announced his intention to run for Beaverton mayor last September.

He serves as director and executive vice president of Touchmark, a company that specializes in building active adult communities for retirees 55 and older.

For the past two decades he has also served the community in various elected and appointed positions within Washington County.

Before being appointed to fill the Position 1 seat on the City Council in 2006, Dalrymple held leadership roles on the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District board of directors and the Washington County Planning Commission.

News that Dalrymple planned to drop out of the mayor race came as a surprise to Doyle, who plans to challenge Drake for the office he has held since 1993.

'I really respect what Bruce is trying to do,' Doyle said. 'It's sad that it's a health issue that forced him to step away.

'He certainly has his priorities in order, putting his family and his health ahead of everything else. In the end, that's what really counts in life. There's always time to run again.'

Dalrymple's decision to not enter the mayor's race puts a different spin on the importance of the May primary.

'It certainly changes the picture for the race,' Doyle said. 'Unless someone else enters the foray, the primary election is going to produce a winner.'

In the meantime, both Doyle and Drake look forward to continuing to work alongside Dalrymple on the City Council.

'He's been a valuable member of our City Council and I've appreciated his service,' Drake said. 'I have a great deal of respect for his past public service.

'We all wish him the best as he battles what he has and are hopeful that he will be OK and keep moving forward.'

With only one announced challenger remaining in the race, Drake remains focused on his bid for a fifth term as Beaverton's mayor.

'This is not going to change how I run my campaign,' Drake said. 'I'm still full-speed ahead.'