Nathan Vasquez has sizable lead over Mike Schmidt in race to be Multnomah County District Attorney – EVOL

Multnomah County prosecutor Nathan Vasquez speaks to supporters at the election night party at The Hoxton Hotel in Portland, Ore., May 21, 2024. Early results showed Vasquez with a sizable lead over Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt.

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Longtime Multnomah County prosecutor Nathan Vasquez has a sizable lead in his attempt to unseat his boss, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt.


With potentially thousands of votes yet to be tallied, Vasquez led with 56% of the vote as of 12:15 a.m. on Wednesday.

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Speaking to supporters after 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday night, Vasquez said once the votes were counted, he was confident he would be elected district attorney. ”I am committed to ending the open-air drug use – to ending the open air drug dealing that we have suffered from as a community,” Vasquez said to a cheering crowd of supporters. “I am also committed to restoring that idea that it is OK to hold people accountable and do it in a compassionate manner.”

Vasquez is a senior deputy district attorney in the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office, where he has



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