Dan Williams enters city council race
- Kara Hansen Murphey
- Lake Oswego Review - News
Dan Williams has announced that he will run for a seat on the Lake Oswego City Council this November.
Williams, who served on the city's budget committee from 2009 to 2011, was the runner-up in the 2010 city council race. He is a wood products executive with Do it Best Corp. and has a degree in finance from the University of Oregon's business school.
Following the last election, he said, 'I had the hope the council majority would listen to the voters of Lake Oswego and make some meaningful progress with issues that affect the livability of Lake Oswego. Sadly, that hasn't happened. Many of the issues remain unresolved.'
For example, many residents value the city's 'small-town feel,' Williams said. 'Increasingly, many of us are concerned about how outside interests are affecting our quality of life.'
He said those outside interests reflect 'a Portland mentality.'
'The Portland-Metro planning will result in a deterioration of what we've worked so hard to protect,' Williams said. 'Livability is a huge issue for us.'
Williams added that he is concerned about the city's mounting debt, whether associated with sewer upgrades or with the West End Building. Meanwhile, he said, streets are neglected, pathway projects aren't being funded and 'our schools are being forced to take drastic measures to maintain their high standards.'
He hopes to relieve the overall burden on taxpayers.
'We need to be very careful about how we prioritize our spending and make sure we're taking care of our core services,' he said. 'We need to make sure we're preserving the quality of life in Lake Oswego.'
He stressed that fiscal responsibility - "We are spending more than we are taking in," he said - and listening to citizens are also major goals, as is protecting private property rights.
Williams lives in the Bryant neighborhood with his wife and two children and has been a Lake Oswego resident since 1990.
Three council seats as well as the mayor's position are up for grabs this November. The city's six councilors serve four-year terms and are elected at-large, with those receiving the most votes winning vacant seats. The mayor also serves a four-year term.
Councilor Bill Tierney announced in April that he plans to run for another term, but councilor Sally Moncrieff has said she won't seek another four years.
Councilor Mary Olson has not yet announced whether she plans to run.
Meanwhile, in the race for mayor, Jack Hoffman said in January that he will not run for re-election. Soon after, Lake Oswego resident Greg Macpherson, an attorney and former state representative for District 38, threw his hat in the ring.
No one else has declared candidacy in these races so far, and for those who are considering a run, nothing is official. The filing period for city offices doesn't open until August, although prospective candidates can now pick up paperwork to eventually submit. The documents are available from the city recorder at city hall, 380 A Ave.