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Hales and Smith to face off in November

Fritz, Nolan tied in City Council race in mid-40s
by: Jim Clark, In early returns, former City Commissioner Charlie Hales (above) was guaranteed a spot in the November runoff election for Portland mayor. The contest for second place ended when State Rep. Jefferson Smith edged out businesswoman Eileen Brady.

Charlie Hales and Jefferson Smith headed into a runoff election Tuesday night with Eileen Brady admitting she would end up in third place a little after 11 p.m.

By Wednesday morning, Hales was leading with 38 percent, followed by Smith in second at 31 percent and Eileen Brady six points back at 23 percent. Under the City Charter, if no City Council candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote in the Primary Election, the top two vote-getters appear on the General Election ballot.

Early results also showed a runoff election between Commissioner Amanda Fritz and State Rep. Mary Nolan. By Wednesday morning Nolan had a slight lead over Fritz, with both at around 44 percent.

Steve Novick, a political activist and state health care administrator, was easily elected to replace Commissioner Randy Leonard with around 75 percent of the vote.

Updated campaign spending reports show the primary election mayor and #8217;s race will likely be the most expensive in Portland history. By Tuesday morning, Brady had reported raising over $1.15 million in cash and in-kind contributions, compared to over $773,000 for Hales and more than $582,000 for Smith.

In the City Council Position 1 race, Nolan reported raising over $317,000 compared to more than $225,000 for Nolan.