Gonzalez victorious in race for Metro Council District 4
Metro, the Portland area's regional government, will have a few new faces on its council next year after voters elected two candidates during Tuesday's primary election.
The race for Metro's District 4 saw two men from western Washington County looking to replace outgoing Councilor Kathryn Harrington.
Lynn Peterson took an easy victory to become Metro's newest president, cruising over opponent Michael Langley with 78.8 percent of the vote, unofficial results indicated as of Wednesday morning, May 16.
In the race for District 4, Cornelius resident Juan Carlos Gonzalez leads with 57.6 percent. His opponent, Hillsboro resident Dana Carstensen, trailed with 41.5 percent as of Wednesday morning's vote update.
Metro handles a range of functions across the tri-county area, from planning the region's growth to regional parks and operating the Oregon Zoo.
Gonzalez and Carstensen are running for Metro's District 4, which spans from northwest Beaverton to Hillsboro and Forest Grove. It has about 160,000 registered voters.
Carstensen and Gonzalez are both young and relatively inexperienced, politically. Carstensen is 32, Gonzalez is 25. Neither have held elected office before.
Gonzalez has raised much more money than Carstensen, with a sizeable $60,000 in campaign contributions compared with $5,000 for Carstensen.
The Metro Council is expected to decide soon whether to ask voters in the Nov. 6 general election to approve a bond issue to generate money for subsidized housing. But the council has not decided how much to seek and how the money would be spent.
Editor's note: This story has been updated with unofficial results as of Wednesday, May 16.
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