We came, we saw candidates win and lose, and we ate some free snacks.
You can read our intrepid reporting from last night’s election parties here—but we wanted to share some of our favorite photos from the Portland city commissioner and Oregon governor campaign parties as well.
News editor Alex Zielinski’s first stop was Knute Buehler’s party, where all of our collective conservative aunts and uncles pouted as early election results rolled in.
Alex made it out of there alive and skipped over to Kate Brown’s party at the Hilton, where our nation’s first queer governor was basking in the glow of a hard-fought reelection. (Not pictured: Kate’s husband, Dan, who apparently got a big applause line! Go Dan!)
The Mercury’s staff photographer Meg Nanna was on the scene at Loretta Smith’s and Jo Ann Hardesty’s election parties, where the moods were decidedly… different. Here are Smith supporters eating chicken wings and macaroni and cheese at the Billy Webb Elks Lodge:
And here’s a little boy cheering at Holocene shortly after 8 pm, when it was clear Hardesty had won decisively, becoming the first Black woman on the Portland City Council.
And here’s the woman of the hour, toasting the crowd during her victory speech: