Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Portland Primary Results: Shemia Fagan Defeats Rod Monroe in Senate District 24

Yesterday's primary in Portland saw below average turnout, but some big results for watchers of state and local races. In the hotly contested Senate District 24 (East Portland), Shemia Fagan won 62% of the vote, defeating incumbent Rod Monroe who held onto just 25%. Monroe is a five-term senator, who drew the ire of local activists when he voted against overturning the statewide ban on rent control in 2017. Fagan is in favor of ending no cause evictions and allowing cities to set rent control policies.

In Portland, Commissioner Nick Fish held onto his city council seat with 62% of the vote. In the race to replace Dan Saltzman, there will be a November runoff between Jo Ann Hardesty and Loretta Smith. November's election will determine which of these East Portland residents will become the first female African American member of Portland's City Council.

In the statewide race for Governor, Kate Brown won the Democratic nomination while Knute Buehler clinched the Republican nomination.