PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – It is starting to look like the race for Multnomah County Sheriff is nearing the finish line. As of 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, Nicole Morrisey O’Donnell is holding on to her big lead over Derrik Peterson as votes continue to be counted.

According to unofficial results, O’Donnell has almost 63% of the vote compared to 33% for Peterson, virtually a 2-1 advantage. currently has the most votes for Multnomah County Sheriff, according to unofficial results.

O’Donnell’s Wednesday-afternoon lead was enough for our media partners at the Portland Tribune to call the race in her favor.

“Today is a win for our community,” said O’Donnell in a statement Tuesday night, following initial results. “As I walked door to door meeting people from across all corners of our county, I heard loud and clear that we want a safer community for our families, our friends, and our neighbors. I know it’s a big task, and I’m honored and encouraged by your trust in me.”

She added, “I promise to work every day to reduce gun violence, bring compassionate solutions to the homelessness crisis, and collaborate with partners to make our community safer. We all want the same thing for our families, friends, and neighbors–a safe community where everyone feels welcome.”

O’Donnell called the results a “win” for trailblazers everywhere because she would be the first woman elected to be the county’s sheriff.

“Thank you for trusting me to do this important work, my life’s calling. I look forward to serving you as your next Multnomah County Sheriff,” concluded her statement.

Term limits prevented current Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese from seeking re-election. But there are a number of people who want to wear that badge.

  • Morrisey O’Donnell, the first woman to serve as second-in-command in the sheriff’s office, led the corrections and law enforcement divisions. She was first hired as a corrections deputy in 1996.  
  • Peterson is captain of the auxiliary services division, which handles the transfer of agency supplies and property storage for adults in custody. He started in 1986 also as a corrections deputy.
  • Alberts has served as a corrections deputy at the Sheriff’s Office since 2018. Before that, he worked as a security officer with the private security provider Portland Patrol Inc., according to candidate filing documents.

In the sheriff’s race, a candidate must get at least 50% of the votes in the primary to be elected sheriff. If not, the top two candidates will face off in November.

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