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Many people might be surprised to learn the May 19 primary election is still coming up.

CITY OF PORTLAND - Outside the Council Chambers at Portland City Hall.With all that's going on, voters might not be aware of it, but the May 19 primary election for the Portland City Council is still underway.

Most debates and public forums have been canceled, and the few being held are happening online with little, if any, reporting.

In fact, many voters might be surprised to learn there is an upcoming election when they receive their Voters Pamphlets in the next month or so. Those sent to military and overseas voters will be posted on the Multnomah County Election Department website on April 20, with the local ones being mailed out shortly after that.

There now is one less candidate in the race for Portland mayor. Piper Crowell, Nike's director of global digital and innovation policy, dropped out Tuesday, March 25, as first reported by Willamette Week. She entered the race late and suspended her campaign to spend more time responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

That still leaves a whopping 53 candidates running for the four council seats on the ballot. That includes 18 candidates for mayor and Positions 2, nine for Position 1, and eight for Postion 4,

In the mayor's race, only community activist Sarah Iannarone has qualified for public campaign financing. 10 now have qualified for the Position 2 race to succeed late Commissioner Nick Fish: Loretta Smith, Margot Black, Dan Ryan, Sam Chase, Tera Hurst, Julia DeGraw, Ronault Catalani James Davis, Cynthia Castro and Jeff Lang. Four have qualified in the race for Position 4 currently held by Commissioner Chloe Eudaly: Eudaly, Mingus Mapps, Seth Woolley and Sam Adams. And three have qualified for the Position 1 race to succeed retiring Commissioner Amanda Fritz: Carmen Rubio, Candace Avalos and Tim DuBois.

In the fundraising race for mayor, Sarah Iannarone is the clear leader. As of March 26, she has raised $279,293, counting public matching funds. Mayor Ted Wheeler is in second place, having raised $117,194. And Ozzie Gonzalez is in third place, having raised $44,969.

In the race for Position 1, Carmen Rubio has raised $246,845, Tim DuBois has raised $57,246, and Candace Avalos has raised $44,833.

In the race for Position 2, Sam Chase has raised $98,067, Tera Hurst has raised $69,550, Margot Black has raised $41,917, Dan Ryan has raised $93,259, Loretta Smith has raised $64,702, Julie DeGraw has raised $56,721, Ronault Catalani has raised $52,837, James Davis has raised $37,061, Cynthia Castro has raised $43,143 and Jeff Lang has raised $9,505.

And in the race for Position 4, Mingus Mapps has raised $155,824, Chloe Eudaly has raised $82,516, Seth Wooley has raised $90,436, Sam Adams has raised $118,471.

You can find the recent Portland public campaign finance information at

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