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Commissioner Nick Fish's decision to resign triggers fourth council election in 2020

PMG FILE PHOTO - Portland City HallFour of the five Portland City Council seats are likely to be up for election at the May 2020 primary.

Commissioner Nick Fish announced on Tuesday that he will resign because of complications with his ongoing cancer treatment. The Dec. 31 statement means the council could decide as early as Jan. 8 to schedule a replacement election in May.

Already on the ballot are the positions of mayor and two commissioners. Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly have announced for reelection. Commissioner Amanda Fritz is retiring.

Having four of five council seats up for election at the same time is probably unprecedented, although complete city records are limited.

Under the City Charter, any candidate that receives more than 50% of the vote in the first election wins. If no candidate receives more than 50%, the top two vote-getters face office in a run-off at the November general election.

But in the case of the election for Fish's seat, the council could set an earlier run-off election date.

You can read a previous Portland Tribune story about Fish's announcement here.


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