With the local news media focused on the COVID-19 crisis and public campaign event cancelled, many people might be surprised to learn the May 19 primary election is still coming up

CITY OF PORTLAND - Outside the Council Chambers at Portland City Hall.Although the local news media has shifted practically all of its coverage to the COVID-19 crisis, the May 19 primary election for the Portland City Council is still underway. Most debates and public forums have been cancelled, and the few being held are happening online with little if any reporting, however.

In fact, many voters might be surprised to learn there is an upcoming election when they receive their Voters Pamphlets in the next month or so. Those sent to military and overseas voters will be posted on the Multnomah County Election Department website on April 20, with the local ones being mailed out shortly after that.

There is now one less candidate in the race for Portland mayor. Piper Crowell, Nike's director of global digital and innovation policy, dropped out on Tuesday, March 25, as first reported by Willamette Week. She entered the race late and suspended her campaign to spend more time responding the novel coronavirus pandemic.

That still leaves a whopping 53 candidates running for the four council seats on the ballot. There are still 18 candidates for mayor, 18 candidates each for Positions 2 and 4, and nine for Position 1.

In the mayor's race, only community activist Sarah Iannarone has qualified for public campaign financing. Six have now qualified in the Position 2 race to succeed the late Commissioner Nick Fish: Loretta Smith, Margot Black, Dan Ryan, Sam Chase, Tera Hurst and Julia DeGraw. Four have qualified in the race for Position 4 current held by Commissioner Chloe Eudaly: Eudaly, Mingus Mapps, Seth Woolley and Sam Adams. And three have qualified in the Position 1 race to succeed retiring Commissioner Amanda Fritz: Carmen Rubio, Candace Avalos and Tim DuBois.

In the cash fundraising race for mayor, Sarah Iannarone is the clear leader. As of March 26, she has reported raising $170,919 in 2019 and 2020 so far. Mayor Ted Wheeler is in second place, having raised $117,194. And Ozzie Gonzalez is in third place, having raised $44,969.

In the race for Position 1, Carmen Rubio has raised $202,633, Tim DuBois has raised $46,531, and Candace Avalos has raised $35,311.

In the race for Position 2, Sam Chase has raised $117,756, Tera Hurst has raised $66,333, Margot Black has raised $39,331, Dan Ryan has raised $38,786,Loretta Smith has raised $26,761, Julie DeGraw has raised $12,790.

And in the race for Position 4, Mingus Mapps has raised $128,025, Chloe Eudaly has raised $78,167, Seth Wooley has raised $68,589, Sam Adams has raised $38,432.

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