Nike beds controversial union to oust Mayor

The two candidates for mayor have raised more than $111,000 combined, the most ever for a mayoral or council race in Beaverton. Mayor Rob Drake has collected $56,440, according to documents filed with the Oregon Secretary of State's Elections Division. Drake has received his largest contributions from car dealers, developers and land owners. Challenger Dennis Doyle, a city councilor, has received $54,803. His largest contributions are from the two unions representing city workers and Nike.

Doyle's source of money prompted Drake to remark, "It looks to me like Denny would be beholden to the unions."

Doyle said he has made no promises to the unions other than more open lines of communication. He said Drake's comment was wrong.

"I'm disappointed that that's his belief, and it's certainly not the case," Doyle said.

The six-figure fundraising is not high compared to local legislative races, but it is a lot for a city the size of Beaverton, said Jim Moore, a political science professor at Pacific University. "That's remarkable," he said.

Doyle has spent most of his campaign money, with a balance of nearly $2,500. He has mailed three fliers to city residents. Drake, who said he has not sent out his first mailing yet, still has a balance of $25,830.

That fits the traditional model for challengers, who want to get their names in front of the voters early, Moore said.

Drake's largest single contribution of $10,000 comes from Lanphere Enterprises Inc., which owns Beaverton Honda and several other auto dealerships.

Developer Polygon Northwest and its officers have given Drake $6,893. That includes $1,643 of services for a fundraising party. The company is developing two large residential sites in Beaverton -- Timberland and Progress Ridge.

Howard Dietrich's company, Park Plaza Offices, which owns the former Greenwood Inn site, gave Drake $5,000.

Drake has received $5,000 from Washington County Investments Ltd., which is controlled by George R. "Randy" Francis, former owner of Damerow Beaverton Ford.

Others who have contributed $1,000 or more to Drake's campaign include Diane Williams, a physician; Barry Cain, president of Gramor Development; Metropolitan Land Group of Beaverton; the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors Political Action Committee; Fuiten West Limited Partnership, which runs Metro West Ambulance; and public relations firm VTM Corp. of Beaverton.

Doyle's largest contribution of $7,250 in cash and services has come from the Citizen Action for Political Education, which is largely funded by the Service Employees International Union Local 503. The union has donated an additional $1,717 to Doyle.

Lawrence Arnbrister, president of the Beaverton service employees union, said he was offended by Drake's suggestion that his union was owed something for its contribution to Doyle. Arnbrister said Drake's suggestion could be turned around to ask whether the mayor owes something to the car dealers and developers.

"Is he beholden to them?" Arnbrister said. "No, I don't think so."

The Beaverton Police Association, the union representing the city's police officers, gave Doyle $7,000. Nike has contributed $5,750 in polling services. Doyle has also received $5,000 from Pat Reser of Reser's Fine Foods. Two companies controlled by Steve Biggi, a downtown property owner, have given Doyle a combined $2,000.

Others who have contributed $1,000 to Doyle include Porter Ventures Inc. of Beaverton; Hillsboro Investment Properties of Bethany; downtown property owner Ralph Holland; and Ronald F. Montplaisir, a property manager.

Neither candidate has yet reached the individual fundraising mark set two years ago by Bob Burke, who ran against council incumbent Betty Bode. In that race, Burke raised $64,900. Nike and Chairman Phil Knight contributed nearly $62,000 of that total.


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