Lacey Beaty was first elected to the Beaverton City Council in 2014. She is known and respected as the councilor who asks the tough questions, who isn’t afraid to stand alone in a fight for what’s right and fair – and who shows up prepared and ready to work hard for her community.
Prior, Lacey served as the Vice-Chair of the Beaverton Community Vision Committee, and now, she uses her council seat to make sure that decisions are community driven. She believes that Beaverton’s next mayor needs to lead community discussions not just about the next four years, but the next 20. That future is why she’s running for mayor.
As a city councilor, veteran, youth advocate, wife and mother, Lacey sees the challenges facing Beaverton from a variety of perspectives. That’s why she worked hard as a member of the regional housing coalition to build more affordable housing, led the passage of the largest investment in sidewalk infrastructure in 20 years – and fought to see that city boards and commissions reflect the growing and diverse community.
Lacey’s focus on housing affordability is personal. Her husband experienced homelessness as a high school student and her sister, who works full time, had to move out of Beaverton to a small community in western Washington County to better afford housing – two stories shared by many other families in our region. Lacey serves on the board of directors of HomePlate Youth Services, Washington County’s only drop in center for youth experiencing homelessness.
Lacey will continue to focus on housing and transportation issues as mayor. She wants to create partnerships with developers to ensure that new housing serves working families of lower-income levels – and knows that we need to work regionally to solve our transportation issues – as we invest locally.
Service to Our Country
Lacey was a high school senior when the events of 9/11 happened. Lacey, like many other Americans, chose to serve her country in a time of need. She joined the United States Army and was trained as Radiology technologist and a Combat Medic and deployed to Iraq in 2004. That year she became a leader, truly understood the meaning of relationships, and found a passion in life that she carries with her to this day.
Lacey believes that service to one’s country is one of the greatest sacrifices a person can make – and she has kept true to that belief as a city councilor. With Oregon leading the country in the highest number of deployed National Guard members, Lacey sees that those who served our country are remembered and honored.
She relocated a community Vietnam Memorial after the land it sat upon was sold. It now resides in Beaverton’s Veterans Memorial Park, where advocates have always wanted it to be. She also added a preference status in the city’s procurement guidelines for veterans who own small businesses. For these actions, Lacey was named Woman Veteran of the Year by the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs.
After the army, Lacey attended college using the Montgomery GI bill, and completed an associate’s degree in History, a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in management and organizational leadership.
Lacey talks openly about her service and her struggles with reintegration, a problem many veterans face after serving in a combat zone. Beaverton provided a place that her and her husband could call home and gives them not just another street address, but rather a community to join.
Family & Community
Lacey and her husband, Ian, have been married for 14 years. They are parents to one child, Aella, and are raising her with the help of Lacey’s mother.
After her military service, Lacey began coaching lacrosse at Beaverton High School, and has coached student athletes from kindergarten through college. She will tell you that being called “coach” is one of the greatest titles she has ever earned. She is passionate about sports and served as the President of the Oregon Girls Lacrosse Association, the governing body of lacrosse in the state of Oregon.