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The incumbent Portland city commission has more than the 50% of the vote needed to win the election in early results.

CONTRIBUTED - Dan RyanIncumbent Portland City Commission Dan Ryan was poised to win reelection outright with 59% of the vote in early returns in the Tuesday, May 17, primary election.

The closest competitor in the Position No. 2 race was Alanna Joy (AJ) McCreary with 23%. No other candidate had more than 8%.

Ryan was elected to fill the late Commissioner Nick Fish's unexpired term at the Aug. 11, 2020, special election. He defeated former Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith by a relatively narrow margin of 51.2% to 48%, with roughly 1% of the vote going to write-in candidates in final unofficial results. The run-off election was necessary because no candidate received more than 50% of the vote at the May 3, 2020, primary election. Smith finished with 18.8% of the vote and Ryan finished second with 16%.

McCreary is the founder and executive director of the Equitable Giving Circle, a nonprofit organization who stated goal is building equity throughout Portland's BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) communities.

Both Ryan and McCreary are participating in the city's Small Donor Program that matches small donations with public funds. Ryan has reported raising $279,834 to date and McCreary has reported $146,679.

Ryan also is supported by the independent Portland United political action committee that is largely backed by the business community. It has reported raising $362,260 so far, but has not yet fully reported how much is it spent for Ryan.

No other candidate reported raising more than $2,831.

The election happened as recent polls show a record high percentage of voters believe the city is headed in the wrong direction and elected leaders are not solving the biggest problems, including homelessness and crime.


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