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UPDATE: Incumbent commissioner concedes after trailing to challenger in early results.

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CITY CLUB SCREESHOT - Commisssioner Chloe Eudaly and challenger Mingus Mapps during their City Club of Portland debate.Commissioner Chloe Eudaly conceded her reelection to challenger Mingus Mapps on election night after trailing by a large margin in early results.

The first vote count released at 8 p.m. on Nov. 3, Mapps had 56% of the vote, while incumbent Chloe Eudaly had 43%.

"As election results arrive, it is becoming clear that I will not be your City Commissioner for the next four years. While I'm disappointed by this outcome, I remain determined to keep fighting for a more inclusive and just city for all from outside of City Hall," Eudaly said in a Tuesday night statement.

Eudaly, who ousted incumbent Steve Novick four years ago, this year found herself on the defensive, particulary her relationship with the Portland's 95 neighborhood associations.

Eudaly upset many association leaders and members when she appeared to support reducing their role in the city's civic engagement process during a project to increase the involvement of community-based organizations. Although Eudaly repeatedly insisted she was not intending to reduce the influence of the neighborhood associations, she put the project on hold after failing to convince a majority of the council to support it. Mapps frequently accused her of not listening to the association and working to help them become more inclusive if that is a problem.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Mingus Mapps got to the runoff election for  Portland City Council by finishing ahead of former Mayor Sam Adams.Eudaly repeatedly criticized Mapps for being endorsed by the Portland Police Association, claiming the police union was the greatest obstacle to police reform. She claimed he would not stand up to the union when the city negotiates the unions next contract in coming months.

Mapps has defended himself by saying that, as a Black man, he understands the need for police reform better than Eudaly and that it is important that people like him are at the table during the contract negotiations.

Mapps has questioned Eudaly's management of the Office of Community and Civic Life after City Ombudsman Margie Sollinger released a memo in August her office had received an "extraordinary" number of complaints from employees about the working conditions there — and suggesting that an independent review of the situation authorized by Eudaly was being undermined by the office's management.

Eudaly has responded that some employees have filed unfounded personnel complaints and then gone to the ombudsman when they were not upheld. She said the independent review is still underway, and accused City Auditor Mary Hull Cabellero, who oversees the ombudsman, of allowing her office to become "politicized."

Eudaly and Mapps also agreed on a number of issues, including that all levels of government must do more to end homelessness and that more city resources need to be invested in East Portland.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly's clashes with neighborhood groups became a focal point of her runoff with Mingus Mapps. Since being elected to the council in 2016, Eudaly has emerged as its most vocal tenants' advocate, successfully pushing for a series of renter protections, including requiring landlords to pay relocation expenses for tenants evicted without cause or who choose to move if the rent is raised.

Mapps is a former university professor who also has worked for Multnomah County, Portland Public Schools and the Office of Community and Civic Life.

Eudaly is facing Mapps in the runoff election because no candidate received more than 50% of the vote in the May 11 primary election. Eudaly received 31% and Mapps received 28%, barely edging out former Mayor Sam Adams for second place.

This is the second time Eudaly has been in a runoff election. She was first elected to the council by placing second in the May 2016 primary election against Novick, then defeating him in the November general election.

Both campaigns are being financed in part by the city's Open and Accountable public campaign finance program. It reports that Mapps has raised $193,941 in small contributions and qualified for $374,346 in matching funds by election day. Eudaly has raised $107,374 and qualified for $295,947 in matching funds by election day.


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