Win, lose or draw: How results of the primary election stack up
The vote counts in the May 17 primary election show which side won and lost each race. But there were a lot more winners and losers behind the scenes, and a few draws, too.
- Kate Brown: Oregons Democratic governor not only won the primary, she also took a big step toward clinching the general election when Republicans nominated Salem doctor Bud Pierce as their nominee. Pierce brings a fresh face and outsider cachet, but his campaign has been largely self-funded, thus far. Hell need more money to compete in the general, including corporate cash. His vanquished opponent, businessman Allen Alley, was far better connected in that world.
- DHM Research: The Portland polling firm conducted the most extensive survey released before the election for Oregon Public Broadcasting and FOX 12. Yes, the folks at DHM are scratching their heads over their one big miss: Their latest pre-election poll had Hillary Clinton far ahead of Bernie Sanders. But their team correctly called the Portland mayors race, Steve Novicks Portland commissioner race, the GOP governors race, the Democrats secretary of state race, the city gas tax and Donald Trumps victory.
- Sarah Iannarone and Ann Sanderson: Although both women lost their Portland City Council races, they created good impressions and showed they might have political futures if they run again.
- The Portland Business Alliance: The citys Chamber of Commerce finally backed a mayoral candidate who won, Ted Wheeler.
- Metro and TriMet: Looking ahead, the elected regional government and transit agency are potential winners in the general election after two of their most vocal critics, Clackamas County Chair John Ludlow and Commissioner Tootie Smith, were forced into runoffs elections with Ludlow in second place trailing Commissioner Jim Bernard.
- AvakianForGovernor.com and AvakianForSenate.com: Whoever has those domain names is a winner.
- Charlie Hales: With Wheeler winning the mayors race outright, Hales wont be able to comment on the weather without the media running to him for a another opinion. Expect the second-guessing to continue until Wheeler takes office on Jan. 1.
- Yours truly: In a Dewey Defeats Truman moment, the Portland Tribune headlined that architect Stuart Emmons will face Commissioner Steve Novick in the general election. That was the case when the Thursday issue when to press, but businesswoman Chloe Eudaly pulled ahead of Emmons before the paper hit the stands.
- Oregon Fuels Association: For years the petroleum industry has prevented the Portland City Council from passing a street fee or gas tax by threatening to refer it to the ballot. Such a threat from their lobbyist Paul Romain once prompted then-Commissioner Sam Adams to have the council reconsider and defeat a street fee it already had passed. But Novick called their bluff, putting his proposed gas tax on the primary ballot and passing it with the support of a business-labor-safety-equity coalition he assembled (and backed with a $25,000 contribution from his re-election account).
- Doug Robertson: The longtime Douglas County commissioner wasnt on the ballot. Hes not even in office any more. But Roy Rogers victory in Washington County puts Robertsons modern-day record of 33 years of county service in jeopardy. Rogers, 68, will start his ninth four-year term in January.
- A Home for Everyone: The Portland-Gresham-Multnomah County affordable housing consortium will lose Jules Bailey as an executive committee member at the end of the year. Bailey had to give up his Multnomah County commission seat when he ran for Portland mayor, and his loss to state Treasurer Wheeler means he cant fill that slot, either. Maybe he can serve as a citizen representative while looking for work.
- Mark Wiener: The political consultant for years has benefited from the perception that its hard to get elected to Portland City Hall without him. Mayors Charlie Hales and Sam Adams, for instance, relied on his political instincts to earn the citys top job. This year, however, Wiener didnt have a hand in the mayoral campaign, despite not being philosophically aligned with Wheeler. The consultant says he chose not to get involved, so he cant be considered a loser. But its hard to think heightened scrutiny of Wieners new city lobbying practice hasnt played a role. Whatever the reason, Portlands new mayor-elect owes lobbyist/consultant Wiener absolutely nothing.
- Stacey Dycus: With Wiener on the sidelines, Dycus and her firm ProspectPDX was poised to fill his shoes by working on Baileys campaign for mayor and Novicks re-election campaign. It was bad enough that Bailey lost, but, because Novick was forced into a runoff election, Dycus will have to register with the city under the new lobby reform rules pushed by Commissioner Nick Fish. And shell be the only one, too, because only those working officeholders have to register. On the other hand, Dycus also worked on the successful city gas tax campaign and helped pass the Milwaukie library levy.