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Steve Novick headed for runoff against Stuart Emmons in Portland City Commission race

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TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZER - City Commissioner Steve Novick addressed supporters after it was clear he must run another six months in a runoff election. Portland city Commissioner Steve Novick appears headed for a runoff against Stuart Emmons in his race to win re-election to his seat on the Portland City Council.

After the second batch of returns were released by Multnomah County around 10 p.m., Novick had 44,111 votes. That was well above the 15,331 votes for Stuart Emmons, but Novick had 43.2 percent of the total vote, short of the 50 percent he needed to avoid a runoff. If the current trend holds, Emmons would face Novick in a November runoff.

In third place is Chloe Eudaly with 13,145 votes.

After the first round of results, Novick stood on a chair and addressed the crowd at his campaign party Tuesday night.

“Looks like I’m headed for a runoff,” Novick said. "I have no problem continuing to talk to voters in the coming months."

Novick was in his usual combative mode after hearing the news.

"I’m excited to take on The Oregonian editorial board.”

The Oregonian came out against Novick, endorsing Emmons

Emmons wasn't surprised by the results, saying he has been working hard to connect with the community and voters.

"I'm thrilled," Emmons said. "Its really been a wonderful experience doing this."

Next on the agenda for Emmons is continuing to get out on the streets and meet more voters. He wants to come up with a plan to continue to progress in his campaign.?

"We need a new city council that is action oriented and can work collaboratively. I am confident we will do well in November."

Novick is coming off his first-term as the incumbent in the race. His popularity has waned during his time in office, with many pointing to his proposal for a city street fee to address the backlog of road repairs.

He won the 2012 primary election with 85,776 votes (75.57 percent), taking the seat previously held by Randy Leonard, who chose not to run. Novick spent nine years as an environmental law enforcement attorney at the U.S. Justice Department before returning to Portland.

Emmons, 61, is a first-time political candidate. An architect and urban designer, he played a large part in the formation of the 2012 public school bond and has first-hand experience on affordable housing.

Eudaly, an independent bookstore owner, is another first-time candidate. She is an advocate for people with disabilities and affordable housing.

Fred Stewart is a realtor in North and Northeast Portland, with governmental experience with the Police Internal Investigations Auditing Committee and Portland Police Budget Advisory Committee.

If none of the 10 candidates wins a majority of the votes, the top two finishers will move on to the Nov. 8 runoff election.

This story will be updated as results come in.