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UPDATE: Hardesty general election opponent still to be decided as votes continue to be counted.

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - A Multnomah County Elections worker prepares to count mail-in ballots.May primary election results in the most contested races only shifted slightly when when more vote total were released Thursday. Updated figures were posted on county election websites on the afternoon of May 19.

In the Multnomah County Chair race, Commissioner Jessica Vega Peterson increased her lead slightly to 42% of the vote, but is still headed for a runoff in the November general election. She will likely face Commissioner Sharon Meieran, who slipped slightly to 18%. Unemployment discrimination lawyer Sharia Mayfield has 15% and Commissioner Lori Stegman has 13%.

Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty increased her lead slightly to 44% but is still being forced into a runoff election. She will face either businessman and lawyer Rene Gonzales with 23% of the vote or administrative law judge Vadim Mozyrsky with 22.%.

And Metro President Lynn Peterson slipped slightly but still appears heading for reelection with around 54% of the vote. Economic development consultant Alisa Pyszka is in second place with 32%. Returns are slow from the Clackamas County portion of the elected regional government, however, because many ballots are being hand counted because of a printing error.

In races that appear to be over, the In races that appear decided, the Multnomah County Sheriff election was won by second-in-command Nicole Morrisey O'Donnell with 62% of the vote, Metro District 6 Councilor Duncan Hwang is cruising towards reelection with 68%, and Portland City Commissioner Dan Ryan is still headed for a full term with 55%.

Final results may not be known for days. For the first time, mail-in ballots will be counted up to one week after the deadline if they are postmarked by election day.

Other election stories can be found here.


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