May 30, 2017 was an important day for our neighborhood. With a record voter turnout, Laurelhurst residents elected a new LNA board that will lead our neighborhood as we face the daunting, neighborhood-threatening challenges of demolition and re-development, of camping and of crime.
Over 828 ballots were cast. This is more votes than in any LNA election in the neighborhood's history. The large meeting room at All Saints Church was completely full, standing room only.
The election would not have been possible without the help of many Laurelhurst residents who helped organize the election, sign in voters and distribute ballots. Ballots were counted by representatives of Southeast Uplift.
The new LNA board officers elected are:
President Scott Pratt received 660 votes (80%) and was elected, defeating Victor Roehm.
Vice-President Jeff Martin received 616 votes (77%) and was elected, defeating Tanya Porter.
Treasurer Mike Dubinsky received 761 votes and was re-elected, unopposed.
Secretary Jim Edelson received 668 votes (90%) and was re-elected, defeating Stefan Novak.
SEUL Rep Carol Hanna received 660 votes (89%) and was elected, defeating Ann Marie Nava.
NE Quad Rep Rick Briasco received 696 votes and was re-elected, unopposed.
NW Quad Rep Barry Kast received 598 votes (78%) and was elected, defeating Barbara Lolich.
SE Quad Rep Becca Smith-Morgan received 726 votes and was re-elected, unopposed.
SW Quad Rep Chrissi Antononpoulos received 614 votes (79%) and was elected, defeating incumbent Joe Petrina.
Member At Large Tom Johnson received 603 votes (80%) and was elected, defeating Richard Grant.
(Vote counts provided by Southeast Uplift.)
All candidates elected were supported by Historic Laurelhurst. Hundreds of Historic Laurelhurst volunteers, working for many months, contributed to this victory. Congratulations.
Portland faces many changes and decisions that will affect Laurelhurst, and we should have a say in our future. It is time to find our voice and to stand up for our neighborhood.