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Only 16% of registered voters in Multnomah County cast their ballots in local races

PMG PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Emily Lake Homer drops off ballots at the Multnomah County Elections Office in Portland Tuesday, May 21.Multnomah County voters elected Amy Kohnstamm, Andrew Scott, Eilidh Lowery and Michelle DePass to serve on the Portland Public Schools board Tuesday, May 21, unofficial results showed.

The four candidates led by large margins. The school board will see only one person — Kohnstamm — returning for another term. Of the four open board seats, she was the only incumbent who ran in the May special election.

She led with 62% by Wednesday morning, over challengers Deb Mayer and Wes Soderback.

Scott, who was the only candidate to campaign for the Zone 1 seat, comes with extensive public agency experience, including the regional government Metro and the city of Portland. He will replace Julie Esparza Brown, who did not run again.

In the race for the Zone 2 seat, currently held by Paul Anthony, Depass led with 66% over challenger Shanice Clarke's 29%. Carlos Jermaine Richard also filed to run for the seat, but did not launch an active campaign.

DePass works for the city of Portland's Housing Bureau and has also worked with Metro, as well as Portland State University.

Lowery, a pastor, cited a background in nonprofit management in her election filing paperwork. Lowery held a 78% lead over challenger Robert Schultz.

Tuesday's special election yielded low voter turnout. Multnomah County elections officials noted only 16% of registered voters returned ballots. Ballots were accepted at drop-off locations until 8 p.m.

Parkrose, David Douglas

In the Parkrose School District election, Sara Kirby and Ashley Brassea led by large margins in first-round results.

On the David Douglas School Board, Aaron Barrow, the only candidate who faced a challenger in the race, led with 61%.

Portland Community College

Unofficial results show Michael Sonnleitner and Tiffani Penson will serve on the Portland Community College board alongside Alex Diaz Rios, who ran unopposed to serve Zone 7 in Washington County. This will mark Diaz Rios's first term on the board, and first term in office.

The PCC board of directors had three open seats in the May 21 special election, and will see another seat open up at the end of June when Valdez Bravo vacates his seat in Zone 5. The college board is expected to appoint someone to that seat next month.

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