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Community activist won race to represent North and Northeast Portland on county board

TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Susheela Jayapal, the frontrunner to represent North and Northeast Portland on the Multnomah County board, is a former lawyer and community activist.

This article has been updated with final results.

Commmunity activist Susheela Jayapal won the race for Multnomah County's open commissioner seat, leading the field with nearly 60 percent of the votes counted.

Shortly after 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, at her election night party in DarSalam on Northeast Alberta, her supporters burst into cheers upon learning the race had been called for Jayapal, who garnered 57 percent of the vote in early returns.

"Our work is just beginning," Jayapal told her supporters, thanking them and her friends and family. "Our work is to create a Multonomah county where everyone can thrive."

She will represent North Portland and part of Northeast Portland on the five-member Multnomah County board, helping oversee a budget of more than $2 billion.

In second place was Maria Garcia, a Portland business owner and activist, with nearly 15 percent of the vote. Bruce Broussard, a retired activist, military veteran and frequent candidate, narrowly trailed her with 14 percent of the vote, and business owner Sharon Maxwell was in fourth.

In the other contested Multnomah race, for countywide auditor, Scott Learn and Jennifer McGuirk both garnered more than 40 percent of the vote, and are headed for a runoff.

County Chair Deborah Kafoury beat three opponents in her run for relection with more than 70 percent of the vote.

Sherriff Mike Reese was unopposed in his bid to keep his post.

More than 137,000 ballots were cast in Tuesday's primary election.

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