Candidates for the Lake Oswego City Council can begin qualifying for the November ballot Aug. 9. Any Lake Oswego resident can run for one of three available terms by filing an application with the city election's office and collecting 20 valid signatures from voters registered locally.
So far, three Lake Oswegans have begun the campaign process. Donna Jordan, Roger Hennagin and J.T. Tenneson will all vie for three open positions on the city council, if qualified for the ballot by Aug. 29.
Those four-year terms will be vacated by Gay Graham and Jack Hoffman, both phased out by term limits, and by Lynn Peterson, who is running for a seat on the Clackamas County Commission.
Hennagin, a local attorney and frequent civic volunteer, said the many difficult decisions facing Lake Oswego motivated him to run for the council. Hennagin served on a committee to preserve the rail link between Lake Oswego and Portland and recently sat on a transportation task force that recommended extending the Portland Streetcar to Lake Oswego along that line.
Tenneson, current past president of the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce, said sewer problems and the possible streetcar extension also motivate his campaign. He is a lifelong Lake Oswego resident and currently serves on a city committee on water conservation.
Jordan, who serves on the Lake Grove Village Center Implementation Advisory Committee, has also begun filing for the November ballot. Jordan could not be reached for comment for this story.
Other candidates interested in running for the Lake Oswego City Council begin filing preliminary paperwork anytime but must wait until Aug. 9 to begin finalizing those applications.
Jane McGarvin, deputy city recorder for the city, said some paperwork must be filed with the city election's office before candidates can begin collecting signatures. Twenty valid signatures are required to finalize the applications and qualify candidates for the November ballot. The Clackamas County Elections Office must validate those signatures.
Applications for the city council are available at city hall, 380 A Ave., in the elections office or on the city's Web site at www.ci.oswego.or.us. The filing deadline for completed applications is Aug. 29.