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The 42-year-old was sworn into office for a full term in 2015 and served as City Council president in 2016

MARIO PALMEROGresham City Council incumbent Mario Palmero leads the way for reelection to Position 4 over the crowded field of challengers.

As of noon Wednesday, Nov. 7, Palmero received 8,536 votes or 34 percent, putting him ahead of Paul Drechsler, 5,129 votes or 21 percent, and Raymond Love, 4,814 votes or 19 percent. Rounding out the field of six were Ryan Johnson, 4,036 votes or 16 percent, Benjamin Jones, 1,547 votes or 6 percent, and Antonio Medel, 667 votes or 3 percent.

"I am honored and thankful to the voters for their confidence in me," Palmero said.

Palmero first joined the council in 2012 when he was appointed to fill a vacant seat. The 42-year-old was sworn into office for a full term in 2015 and served as Council President in 2016. Some of his assignments while on council have included the Gresham Task Force on Homelessness, Johnson Creek Watershed Council, JOIN and Citizen Engagement.

"It was really exciting to see the results," Palmero said. "I appreciate everyone for running and I hope they continue to run in the future."

Johnson is a service adviser at Gresham Ford and has lived in the city for six years, though he has been working here since 1998 when he moved to the region after graduating high school. He is focused on spreading information and dealing with the housing inventory.

Drechsler is a commercial lender for the Bank of the West and has grown up in Gresham. He is the chair of the Planning and Development Commission for the city of Gresham, chair of the Gresham Redevelopment Commission Budget and is on the Redevelopment Advisory Committee.

Love is a Rockwood resident and has a successful insurance business a few blocks from his home. Jones is pursuing a further degree at Portland State in biology and is working for Amazon delivering packages. Medel is studying architecture at Portland State University and working for his dad's contracting business.

This story will be updated as the results are announced.

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