Stovall declares victory in Gresham mayoral race
The first Black mayor of a major city in the Portland-metro region was elected in Gresham, pending an automatic recount after an incredibly close five-way race.
Travis Stovall, a small business owner and community leader, declared victory Wednesday evening, Nov. 18, in a Gresham mayoral race that has been held up by tight results between the top candidates. Multnomah County reported official results that same evening, saying 100% of the 45,351 votes have been counted.
"I am honored to be your next Mayor and look forward to helping Gresham be a stronger, more vibrant and equitable city," Stovall said. "With the $13+ million budget shortfall, as well as helping Gresham businesses and workers get back to work to recover from the impact of COVID, I'm ready to work with the community to address these issues."
Stovall secured 16,648 votes, or 36.71% — leading Councilor Eddy Morales by just 13 votes. Morales had 16,635, 36.68%. The close margin will trigger an automatic recount, which means the race won't officially be certified until sometime after Thanksgiving.
"This race has made clear this fundamental democratic truth — every single vote matters," Morales said. "We have the utmost faith and appreciation in the Multnomah County Elections Division. We thank the election workers who will carry out this recount, and we trust the process to run its course, no matter the outcome."
As mayor Stovall plans to address racial injustices, getting Gresham businesses and employees back to work post-COVID, build more affordable housing for all income levels, and address community safety.
"I thank my opponents for their willingness to run campaigns and their commitment to our city, especially Councilor Morales who will be working alongside me on the City Council," Stovall said.
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