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Chloe Eudaly vs. Steve Novick

In a surprise defeat, Chloe Eudaly has beat incumbent Steve Novick for a seat on the Portland City Council.

Novick conceded to Chloe Eudaly just after 8 p.m. He said he looks forward to spending more time with his family.

Eudaly led Novick 53 percent to 47 percent, according to early returns.

Incumbent Steve Novick won the May primary election but did not get more than 50 percent of the vote, so he faced bookstore owner Chloe Eudaly in the November election.

Both candidates ran on progressive platforms, with Novick championing environmental causes, economic growth and transportation initiatives, while Eudaly pushed for affordable housing, renters rights and the needs of residents on the east side of the Willamette River.

“We really need to keep people in the housing that they’re in and so we need to address our weak tenant protections and figure out how we’re going to stem the tide of people being displaced and becoming homeless, that’s my first priority,” said Eudaly.

Novick said he was proud of his eventual success in building a coalition to create a temporary gas tax to fund street maintenance and safety projects. But the outgoing city commissioner acknowledged his early efforts on the issue did not please voters, and may have cost him his council seat.

“I think it’s a classic example of you never get a second chance to make a first impression. And I think the voters’ impression of me was formed by the street fee discussion of 2014 where I was not my best self, and that was just impossible to overcome,” said Novick.