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The electorate went big at the local and state level for female candidates of both political parties.

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Two of the May 17 primary winners, Metro Chairwman Lynn Peterson, left, and Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, celebrate a night that saw women winning races up and down the ballots. Even in a state like Oregon, which has a relatively long history of electing women to public office, the results of the May 17 primary were dramatic.

From the marquee matchup — the gubernatorial race — all the way through to local offices, a wide array of women either won outright or are in Nov. 8 general election races.

The state will make U.S. history this year: Come November, we will have three women as the major nominees for governor: Former House Speaker Tina Kotek for the Democrats, former state Rep. Christine Drazan for the Republicans, and former Democratic state Sen. Betsy Johnson running as an independent. It would be the first female trio in the nation to battle it out for governor.

Oregon's congressional delegation also is poised to change dramatically. Today, Oregon is represented in the U.S. House by one woman and four men. But with the addition of a sixth district, and with dramatic wins on May 17, there is a potential for that lineup to be four women and two men in 2023.

And the trend continues at races for the city of Portland, for Multnomah County and for Metro, the elected regional government.

Locally and statewide, women will be a driving force in Oregon politics for years to come.

The series

Oregon as trendsetter

Gov. Barbara Roberts led the way

Local, regional, statewide wins

Deborah Kafoury, women supporting women


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