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Lake Oswego School Board member and Lake Oswego City Councilor are battling in Democratic primary.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Election results trickled in at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 17.

This story was updated from its original version.

Based on the returns as of Sunday, May 22, Lake Oswego School Board member Neelam Gupta and Lake Oswego City Councilor Daniel Nguyen are separated by less than 200 votes in the Democratic primary for House District 38. Gupta has 3,986 votes compared to Nguyen's 3,796.

At that point, 7,802 votes had been counted. However, 6,953 of those votes derive from Multnomah County as Clackamas County continued to count votes at a snail's pace. The county indicated that it may not have all ballots counted until June, as it must manually count ballots due to defective bar codes.

The first wave of returns showed a slight lead for Nguyen but Gupta had since caught up.

Andrea Salinas, D-Lake Oswego, currently holds the seat but is running for the new 6th Congressional District. The winner of the primary will face Republican Alistair Firmin in the general election this November, who ran unopposed.

Nguyen, who was elected to City Council in 2018, has cited accomplishments such as helping the city plan for climate change and advancing initiatives to make the city a more inclusive place.

Gupta joined the school board in 2020 after serving on the district's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. She hopes to work toward investments in mental health services, housing and clean energy.


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