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Amanda Fritz wins third term on Portland City Council

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City Commissioner Amanda Fritz coasted to re-election Tuesday, winning easily over a field of five little-known challengers.

Fritz had 67,697 votes after the first batch of Multnomah County votes was released around 8:10 p.m. Her nearest challenger was Ann Sanderson, with 10,356 votes.

Fritz initially was not expected to run for re-election, having ruled out a third term after winning re-election in 2012. But she changed her mind following the September 2014 death of her husband in an automobile accident, saying she had planned to retire to spend more time with him.

Fritz did not draw any opponents until virtually the last minute, which was surprising. Some neighborhood activists accused her of not doing enough to stop residential demolitions for infill projects as commissioner in charge of the Bureau of Development Service. Her work on rewriting the tree code also was often deemed a failure.

But polls showed Fritz is the most popular member of the City Council. Many voters still view her as a neighborhood champion because of her activist background. And she refused to provide the swing vote for the controversial street fee originally pushed by Mayor Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick.

Fritz, the only non-incumbent ever elected with now-defunct city public campaign funds, limited her contributions to $500 and reported raising about $30,000 by last weekend. The strongest of her five challengers, businesswoman Ann Sanderson, reported raising about $5,600.