OPB is calling the Portland mayor's race for Charlie Hales. Early results in the Portland mayor's race show Charlie Hales beating Jefferson Smith 62-30, with nearly 8 percent of voters casting write-in-ballots.
"Regardless of who you voted for in this election, I'm going to work really hard for this city," Hales told OPB's Dave Miller.
Hales said he has three issues that he will tackle when he takes office:
- School funding. "The legislature will be meeting weeks after I'm sworn into office."
- The rift between city police and the community. Peacekeeping should be the mission of the police bureau, he said.
- The city budget, which Hales said will require a focus on basic services.
According to OPB reporter April Baer, Smith called Hales to congratulate him and concede the race. Hales then promised to roll up his sleeves and get to work for Portland.
In his concession speech, Smith teared up in thanking the volunteers and supporters who've backed him through his race, according to OPB's Amanda Peacher, who was on the scene.
Smith said that "He hopes that Portland will keep moving forward and he will continue to advocate for the issues that were important to him in this campaign," Peacher reported.
“I’m so pleased to be part of this campaign and that he [Smith] was able to get people to pay attention to issues that otherwise might not have been paid attention to, like the Columbia River Crossing.” said Lisa Marie-White, a campaign volunteer.
Meredith Lawrence contributed to this report.