Some predicted an easy win for Peterson, whose prior experience and limited opposition made her a strong candidate.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Lynn PetersonTransportation expert Lynn Peterson was easily elected Metro Council president on Tuesday.

Peterson, a former Lake Oswego councilor and Clackamas County chair, received 83 perent of the vote in early returns. Her only opponent, salesman Michael Langley received 16.5 percent.

Metro is the only elected regional government in the country. It is responsible for transportation, garbage and recycling, and land-use planning, among other things.

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