City elections must conform to state law, unless this charter or city ordinances provide otherwise. All elections for city offices are nonpartisan.
Every person who is a resident of the city and who qualifies as a legal voter under state law may vote in a city election.
Each council member must be a qualified elector under state law and reside within the city for at least six months immediately before election or appointment to office. A person, after taking office, must remain a resident of the city and qualified elector of the state to continue to hold office. No person may be a candidate at a single election for more than one city office. Except when a state trial court has jurisdiction over the matter, the council is the final judge of the election and eligibility of its members.
The council must adopt an ordinance prescribing the manner for a person to be nominated to run for mayor or a city councilor position.
All candidacies and measures submitted to the voters of the city in a primary, general, or special election must be publicized by a voters’ pamphlet published by the city in accordance with city ordinance. No voters’ pamphlet will be prepared for any election for which no city measure is submitted to the voters and not more than one person has filed or been nominated for any city office.
The mayor and each councilor must subscribe and swear or affirm an oath to the effect that the person will faithfully discharge to the best of the person’s ability the duties of the office being assumed and will support the constitutions and laws of the United States and the State of Oregon and the charter and ordinances of the City of Beaverton. The oath must be administered and attested to by a notary public or other person duly authorized to administer oaths. The oath may be taken up to 30 days prior to the scheduled date of assuming office.
After January 1, 2020, council positions one, two, and five will be elected every four years starting with the 2022 general election and the mayor and council positions three, four, and six will be elected every four years starting at the 2024 general election. The mayor and each councilor’s term of office is four years and commences on the first day of January after the election to office. A mayor may serve no more than three consecutively-elected four-year terms. A councilor may serve no more than three consecutively-elected four-year terms; the limit applies even if one or more of the consecutive terms is served in different numbered council positions. If a mayor or a councilor is appointed or elected for a term that is less than three years, the partial term does not count as a term; in addition to the partial term, a mayor or a councilor may also serve three consecutively-elected four-year terms.
The mayor or a council office becomes vacant upon the mayor or councilor’s:
(b) Resignation from the office;
(c) Recall from office;
(d) Ceasing to reside in the city;
(e) Ceasing to be a qualified elector under state law; or
(f) Removal from office pursuant to Section 3.10.
Vacancies must be filled as follows:
(a) If less than one year remains in the term of the person who held that vacant office, the council may fill the vacancy by majority vote of the remaining council members, and the appointee will serve the unexpired term of the predecessor to the office; or
(b) If one year or more remains in the term of the person who held the vacant office or if for any reason the office is not filled and no person takes office when the term of office otherwise would have commenced, council may fill the vacancy by majority vote of the remaining council members, and the appointee will serve as an interim city councilor until a successor to the office is duly elected and is qualified to take office.
(c) The election to fill the vacancy for the unexpired term of office must be held at the election that is next available pursuant to state law which occurs no sooner than the one hundred twentieth day after the date upon which the vacancy occurred. At the election, the person elected must receive a majority of the votes cast for all candidates for the office. If no candidate receives a majority, then a run-off election between the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes must be held at the election that is next available pursuant to state law. The term of office for a person elected to fill a vacancy for an unexpired term of office commences upon the certification of the election.