By Mike Gutwig
Labor-backed candidate Ashley Hartmeier-Prigg was elected to the Beaverton City Council, defeating Jerome Sibayan in a run-off election held Sept. 21. She will fill the Position 1 board seat left vacant by Lacey Beaty, who was elected mayor last November. The unexpired council term runs through 2022. Hartmeier-Prigg was the top vote-getter in May, but she fell short of a majority plus one, so a special runoff election was required between her and Sibayan, who finished second.
According to unofficial results, Hartmeier-Prigg leads by 256 votes—7,126 to 6,870. As of press time, 14,020 ballots had been counted out of 14,273 ballots received. Voter turnout was 24%.
Hartmeier-Prigg, who is president of the Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District and a Nike operations manager, ran a progressive campaign focused on COVID-19 recovery, affordable housing, climate change and social equity. She received endorsements from the Northwest Oregon Labor Council, numerous union locals including United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555 and Tualatin Fire Fighters Local 1660, and several Beaverton city officials, including Mayor Beaty.