City Commissioner Amanda Fritz
has survived a challenge to her City Council seat.
In early returns Tuesday night, Fritz leads her challenger, state Rep. Mary Nolan
(D-Portland), 58 percent to 41 percent.
Fritz for much of the year looked vulnerable to Nolan, known for her flinty approach and ability to raise plenty of campaign cash. (She spent more than $500,000.)
She started the campaign appearing weak after four years of an uneven performance at City Hall.
But Fritz had built up years of goodwill with many Portlanders – she has been one of the City Council’s most visible members. Fritz pulled her act together after a close primary race (she edged Nolan by 1.2 percent, but didn’t escape the general election runoff) and loaned or donated about $300,000 to her campaign, despite her self-imposed campaign finance limits.
Nolan had the backing of major city unions, including police and firefighters, but proved to be less than effective in undermining Fritz’s support.