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Braze leading write-in City Council election


Lifelong Hillsboro resident appears headed to victory

Lifelong Hillsboro resident Megan Braze is leading in write-in votes to become the next City Council member.

With 90 percent of the write-in votes counted, Washington County elections officials says Megan, a 25-year-old Oregon State University graduate, has 329 votes. She leads Trevon Jacobs, an Intel employee with 137 votes, and Mark Matson, a software engineer with 69 vote.

After she started her write-in campaign, Braze told the Hillsboro Tribune that she supports the city’s economic development efforts to attract new businesses and expand existing ones. Braze says he knows many recent university graduates and others who are struggling to find job and wants to help them.

The county has until Nov. 26 to certify the votes, after which the top three candidates will be submitted to Hillsboro elections officials. The county will then be asked to certify that the winning candidate is in fact a registered voter residing in Ward 1.

If the candidate who receives the most votes meets the registration and residency requirements and agrees to serve, he or she will be sworn into the Ward 1 Seat B seat. If not, the seat will be declared vacant and the council will appoint the replacement.

The incumbent, Nenice Andrews, could not run for re-election because of the city’s term limit restrictions. No one filed in the May Primary Election to replace her. Over 3,100 write-in votes were submitted in the General Election. City Recorder Amber Ames says there are no records of a write-in candidate being elected to the council before.

Hillsboro is divided into 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.