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Write-in candidates a first for city elections

In what may be a Hillsboro first, the only people apparently running active campaigns for the Ward 1, Position B seat on the Hillsboro City Council are two write-in candidates.

One is Megan Braze, 25, a lifelong Hillsboro resident who is employed at Gaston Sales. A political science graduate from the Oregon State University, she is a registered Republican but feels partisan politics have no place on the council.

Braze has filed a committee with the secretary of state’s office and started a Facebook page.

“Hillsboro is unique in that it has high-tech industries and room for more. I want to see someone pro-business on the council who will recruit more, expand existing businesses, and continue the progress,” Braze says.

The other is Trevon Jacobson, 38, a 13-year Hillsboro resident and equipment repairman. A married father of four, Jacobson who describes his political views as conservative. He has started a Facebook page but not filed an official campaign committee.

“I am running for City Council because I believe that our government should be: for the people, by the people and of the people… Not just the people who are drawn to government but by common people like me who would serve more out of duty than desire,” Jacobson wrote.

The incumbent, Nenice Andrews, was prevented by term limits from seeking re-election. No one filed in the May primary election to replace her.

Hillsboro has three wards, each of which has two members on the council. Ward 1 is the largest, stretching in jagged lines from West Union Road on the north to Baseline Road on the south, and from Walker Road on the east to Jackson School Road on the west. It includes the Hillsboro Airport, both Tanasbourne retail areas and Orenco station.

City Recorder Amber Ames says there are no records of a write-in candidate being elected to the council. The ballot will have a line where a name can be written in, and Washington County elections officials are responsible for the tally.

According to Ames, the candidate receiving the most write-in votes wins, provided he or she meets the requirements for holding the office. They include being a registered voter, living in the Ward 1, Position B district 12 months, not be a convicted felon.

The winner must also be willing to accept the office. If not, a vacancy will be declared, Ames says, regardless of how many votes the second-place candidate receives.

If the winner is not willing to serve, the Hillsboro City Council will appoint someone to fill the position.

It could take more than a week for the outcome of the write-in election to be known, Ames says. And that may be the only excitement in the Hillsboro general election. Mayor Jerry Willey, Councilor Olga Acuna are running unopposed for re-election. Fred Nachtigal is running unopposed for the Ward 3, Position B position held by Mike Castillo, who did not run for re-election.




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