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If you live in northwest Oregon, you might have heard there’s a race for an open congressional seat.

Registered Democrats and Republicans have to choose their nominees to square off in the special general election for the first district seat, in January.

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The First Congressional District covers all of Clatsop, Columbia, Washington and Yamhill counties, plus a portion of southwest Portland in Multnomah County.

The seat is currently vacant after Rep. David Wu resigned on August 3.

Wu was first elected in 1998. His closest challenge came in 2010 when he beat Rob Cornilles 54.7 percent to 41.9 percent.

Each of the counties’ election offices anticipates having election results updated on their websites beginning at 8 p.m. and periodically through the evening on Nov. 8.

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 Elsewhere, there are money measures on the ballot.

Beaverton voters will decide whether to create an urban renewal area worth up to $150 million. The school district has a levy on the ballot, too. It could hike property taxes up to 14 million dollars a year to manage class sizes.

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Elsewhere, Culver and Myrtle Point schools have construction bonds on the ballot.

Fire districts like Goshen, Junction City, and North Albany have measures on the ballot. So do sheriff’s departments, like the one in Clackamas County.

But some voters, including many in Multnomah County, didn’t get ballots, because they don’t have anything to vote on, this time around.

Where there are measures or candidates on the ballot, the same rules apply: it’s too late to mail in ballots. They have to be hand-delivered, before Tuesday at 8 p.m.


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Kevin Mooney and Rebecca Roberts Galloway contributed to this report.

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Secretary of State (Oregon) Voter Guide: Congressional 1st District Race

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Clark County, Washington, Voter’s Guide

Clackamas County Voter’s Guide

Marion County Voter’s Guide

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Washington County Voter’s Guide

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