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UPDATE: Runoff Multnomah chair, Portland commission seat races inch closer to being set Thursday morning.

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - A Multnomah County Elections worker prepares to count mail-in ballots.Local November runoff election races moved closer to being official but weren't clinched in Thursday vote releases. Updated figures were posted on county election websites on the morning of May 19.

In the Multnomah County Chair race, the standings remained the same. Commissioner Jessica Vega Peterson was in the lead with 42% but is still headed for a runoff in the November general election. She will likely face Commissioner Sharon Meieran, who held steady with 19% of the vote. Unemployment discrimination lawyer Sharia Mayfield has 15% and Commissioner Lori Stegman has 13%.

Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty increased her lead slightly to 43% but is still being forced into a runoff election. She will face either businessman and lawyer Rene Gonzales with 23.3% of the vote or administrative law judge Vadim Mozyrsky with 22.6%.

And Metro President Lynn Peterson slipped slightly but still appears heading for reelection with around 54% of the vote in the tricounty region. 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 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 69%, and Portland City Commissioner Dan Ryan is still headed for a full term with 56%.

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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