Beikman returns to council, Parrish heads back to Oregon House

Monique Beikman checks voting results with her son Collin, 15, at the Century Hotel in Tualitan. Beikman would go on to retain her seat on the Tualatin City Council, beating opponent Jan Guinta.
The battle for Tualatin City Council’s only contested seat proved to be a heated race between incumbent Monique Beikman and community activist Jan Giunta, with Beikman ultimately claiming re-election to Position 2.

According to unofficial results, Beikman led Giunta 53 percent to 46 percent. But Giunta claimed 62 percent of the vote from Tualatin voters residing in Clackamas County.

“I think she won by the incumbent margin,” Giunta said when reached for comment.

While Beikman was clearly surprised by her poor showing in Clackamas, she acknowledged that there was a “group of people” that was obviously not happy with city politics.

“But I think the majority of the people in Tualatin are happy with the direction Tualatin’s going in,” Beikman said. “And I intend to carry that on, and keep us moving forward. Keep us vital.”

Giunta ran on a platform focused heavily on neighborhood engagement with city politics, and championed Community Involvement Organizations throughout Tualatin. Beikman stepped into a partial term and was voted city council president in 2011, with a focus on Tualatin’s expanding urban growth boundary. Both candidates sit on the city’s Transportation Task Force.

Beikman said her focus going forward would be to finalize the Transportation System Plan and update the city’s parks master plan.

Giunta had no definite plans to run for City Council in the future, but looked forward to encouraging other citizens to get involved in local politics.

Oregon House representative Julie Parrish and her son Max check early election results at a election night gathering at the Century Hotel in Tualitan. Parrish, a republican, squeaked out a win against Democrat Carl Hosticka.
“That’s where my energies are — telling people this was a good experience,” Giunta said. “Public service is honorable.”

The mood was tense if optimistic at the Century Hotel in Tualatin, where Beikman joined Rep. Julie Parrish (R – West Linn) as they monitored election returns. For most of the night, the numbers were too close to call in the Oregon House District 37 race. Incumbent Parrish held only a marginal lead over challenger Carl Hosticka in Clackamas County, and struggled to overtake him in Washington County. Parrish ultimately claimed 51 percent of the vote to Hosticka’s 46 percent.

Hosticka previously served as a state representative from 1983-1994 and has served as a Metro councilor since 2001. Calls to Hosticka were not returned in time for press.

The district race was especially turbulent, and Parrish’s campaign was roundly criticized for issuing approximately 73,000 automated calls statewide that led many recipients to errantly believe they were not registered to vote. Parrish said the “robocalls” were meant to address voter disenfranchisement within Oregon’s unique vote-by-mail system.

Upon her re-election, Parrish emphasized her position as an accessible legislator.

“I grew up in a very flux kind of world, where I moved around a lot and never really established roots, and so this is meaningful for me on two fronts: personal and professional,” she said. “It looks like the voters in this community are sending me to go be a representative again, and it’s very humbling."

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