Newcomer Lacey Beaty handily defeats City Council incumbent Ian King
- Shannon O. Wells
- Portland Tribune - News
Military veteran, Visioning Committee member also bests community activist Alton Harvey Sr.
Based on primary elections returns on Tuesday night, it appears voters are ready to see a new face on the Beaverton City Council in January, as political newcomer Lacey Beaty pulled firmly ahead of incumbent Position 1 candidate Ian King.
Results from the Washington County Elections Division on Wednesday morning showed Beaty with 6,255 votes, or 55 percent, leading King's 3,863 votes, or 34 percent. Retired truck driver Harvey, a former commissioner of the Beaverton Human Rights Advisory Commission and chairman of the Neighbors Southwest Neighborhood Association Committee trailed the pack with 1,129 or 10 percent of the vote.
Lacey, who serves as vice chairwoman of the Beaverton Visioning Advisory Committee, said she was "overwhelmed" that voters supported her so enthusiastically.
"I'm super, super excited to win with a margin like that," she said Tuesday night from the showroom of Koeber's furnishings off Southwest Denney Road in Beaverton. "I think every vote mattered."
Beaty, a U.S. Army veteran who served during the Iraq War, held her election night gathering at her friend Jaann Hoisington's family business. She was joined by supporters, including Councilor Marc San Soucie, who handily defended his Position 5 seat against challenger John Somoza.
In addition to coaching lacrosse at Beaverton High School, Beaty, 29, serves on the HomePlate Youth Services Board of Directors and as a member of the Leadership Beaverton Board of Directors. Her motivation to run was based on a belief that the council was lacking a certain element.
"There is a voice missing, one of a younger generation," she said. "Ian (King) hasn't really extended himself into the community. Councilors need to be community focused. But this wasn't about him."
While he could always find a way to critique his own campaign, King who inherited his Position 5 seat in May 2010, following former Councilor's Bruce Dalrymple death before winning a full term said he's happy to move forward and focus on the more than seven months he has to serve on council.
"Does a person ever say they campaigned as hard as they needed to?" he asked on Wednesday morning. "I suppose I could've knocked on a couple more doors. At this time, I'm just going to move forward.
"Hey, congrats to Lacey," he added of his opponent.
For him, that means focusing on supporting a bond measure to fund renovations of City Hall to accommodate a new Public Safety Building.
"My number one priority is getting the police bond passed," he said. "That's much more important election than mine. Councilors can come and go, but the police need to be supported. That's what will really help the community."
Once his term is over, King plans to remain civically engaged, while spending more time with his 2-year-old son, Samuel.
"The silver lining with this is I'll miss fewer bedtime stories with Samuel," he said. "Every evening I don't get to spend with him, I feel it."
Harvey, reflecting Wednesday morning on the election, reiterated the sentiment he shared in a recent candidate's forum.
"I told them whomever the public decides to elect, I'm quite confident you'll be well represented," he said. "I hope you'll consider me, but whomever it it, you'll get quality representation. And that statement still holds true."
Harvey said he has no intention of "relinquishing" his civic duties, including his roles as chairman of his Neighborhood Association Committee and serving on the Beaverton Traffic Commission.
"I don't run against someone," he noted. "I was seeking a seat. (Losing) doesn't mean my service will discontinue. I serve a need, and I do it well. Because I enjoy it, I'm going to continue to do it."
Victory ... and departure
Lacey credits her successful campaign with her and her husband, Ian yes, the same name as her opponent's tireless efforts, which included knocking on about 5,000 doors around town.
"We asked voters what was one thing you would like to change," she said. "Knocking on doors, I think that means a lot to people."
Beaty, who has lived in Beaverton and Washington County for more than five years, graduated with a bachelor of science degree in political science from Oregon State University and earned a master's in management and organizational leadership at Warner Pacific College. Before her lacrosse coaching role, she served as a U.S. Army combat medic.
She shares a military background with her husband, who, as it happens, will get no rest from the campaign. Early Wednesday morning, she drove Ian to the airport for his U.S. National Guard deployment to military operations in Afghanistan. Despite all the election efforts and excitement, Ian Beaty considers himself ready for his second year-long engagement overseas.
"I've spent the last eight months in training," he said. "I couldn't be more ready."