Apr 3, 2024 - News

Oregon in top 3 when it comes to electing women to local office

Women as a share of municipal officeholders
Data: Rutgers; Map: Axios Visuals

Oregon has the third-highest percentage in the nation of elected women in city government, according to a new report from Rutgers University's Center for American Women and Politics.

By the numbers: About 43% of Oregon's municipal officeholders are women, compared to 32% nationwide.

  • The study looked at city council members, mayors and other officials of cities and towns with populations greater than 10,000.
  • Oregon ranks third overall, with Colorado (46%) at the top and Nevada second (44%).

Zoom in: The Portland City Council has one woman, Carmen Rubio, who is running for mayor this year.

  • The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners consists of four women and one man (who was hand-picked when his female predecessor quit to run for the U.S. Congress).
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