City Commissioner Amada Fritz was holding onto a large lead over state Rep. Mary Nolan as election night wore on — a decisive 58 to 42 percent margin.

Nolan forced Fritz into a runoff in the May 2012 Primary Election by holding her below 50 percent of the vote. Fritz received 45 percent, Nolan received 44 percent and the rest were divided between three other candidates and a small number of write-ins.

Fritz is a registered psychiatric nurse who served seven years on the Portland Planning Commission. She ran twice before being elected to the council. Fritz lost to incumbent Commissioner Dan Saltzman 2006, but then beat nonprofit organization director Charles Lewis to win election to a vacant seat in 2008.

In both of those elections, Fritz used the now-defunct Voter Owned Elections public campaign finance program to fund her races. After Portland voters repealed the program in 2010, Fritz used personal funds to finance her 2012 campaigns. She also voluntarily limited the size of the other contributions she accepted.

State Rep. Mary Nolan has represented House District 36 (formerly District 11) since 2001. She served as House Majority leader from 2008 to 2010. Before being elected to the Oregon Legislature, Nolan headed a number of Portland bureaus and started a successful aviation-related company.

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