A Runoff for November

Smith optimistic she can catch Hardesty

Danny Peterson | 5/17/2018, 3:01 p.m.
It’s certain that Portland will seat its first black female City Council member next year as the two top candidates ...
Activist and former state representative Jo Ann Hardesty (right) won nearly 46 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s May Primary election for a seat on the Portland City Council, falling short of the at least 50 percent plus one vote total needed to avoid a runoff. She will face Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith (left) in the November General Election. Smith finishing in second place captured about 21 percent of the primary vote.

Jayapal, who was born in India, was running against three others—construction business owner Sharon Maxwell, former restaurateur and veteran Bruce Broussard, and coffee shop owner Maria Garcia--all candidates of color. The victories by Kafoury and Jayapal’s are unofficial until 20 days after election day.

In southeast Portland, former state Rep. Shemia Fagan (D-Clackamas) captured 62 percent of the vote in a successful campaign to unseat incumbent state Senator Rod Monroe in the Democratic Party. The race has had a sharp focus on housing issues. Monroe netted just above 20 percent of the vote while the third candidate, Somali-born immigrant rights activist Kayse Jama, came in third.

Monroe who has been in public office since 1976, drew scrutiny from fellow Democrats for being a landlord that opposed tenant protections, such as overturning the statewide ban on rent control and outlawing “no-cause” evictions. He owns a 51-unit apartment complex in east Portland and has been sued by one of his tenants.

Both Fagan, a civil rights attorney, and Jama ran on a platform of giving cities the ability to impose rent control.

In statewide voting, gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler of Bend won the Republican Party nomination and will face off against incumbent Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, in November.