Gudman, Moncrieff seek office

The race for the Lake Oswego City Council just got hotter with the addition of two new candidates.

Five residents are now vying for three available seats on the city council and the next three weeks could draw even more.

Anyone living within Lake Oswego city limits can still declare their candidacy for city council before Aug. 26.

The latest to enter the contest are Sally Moncrieff, chair of the Palisades Neighborhood Association, and Jeff Gudman, a private investor and career volunteer.

They join Bill Tierney, Russell Jones and Justin Luber in the race. Together, the five will vie for three available positions on the Lake Oswego City Council.

John Turchi, Frank Groznik and Ellie McPeak will end their terms of service Dec. 31. Both McPeak and Turchi are ineligible to run again due to term limits; Groznik has announced he will not seek re-election.

The three to garner the most votes in the open election Nov. 4 will serve as Lake Oswego's next city councilors. The candidates are not required to be representative of zones or wards.

Those elected will tackle the tough job of planning the future of the city's West End Building and also oversee construction of the one-of-a-kind floating sewer interceptor in Oswego Lake.

An expansion of the city's water utility may also need guidance from incoming city councilors and the city will review its comprehensive land use plan.

A quick look at the two latest candidates:

Sally Moncrieff

Age: 42

Family: Husband Shane, two children

Career: Sales experience, currently a full-time parent and volunteer

Hobbies: Running, hiking

Currently Reading: 'The Power of One' by Bryce Courtenay

Sally Moncrieff knows a thing or two about controversy.

As a two-time chair of the Palisades Neighborhood Association, she helped the group reach consensus on whether to support football games at Lakeridge High School and tackled controversial issues surrounding construction of The Stafford retirement facility at 1200 Overlook Drive.

Moncrieff was also active with the neighborhood association while it crafted its first land use plan.

Among her strengths, she counts her ability to energize people, bring them together and create inclusive discussion, no matter how conflicted.

A lifelong community activist in Milwaukee and Lake Oswego, Moncrieff has served on the Lake Oswego School Foundation Board, taken leadership courses in Lake Oswego and North Clackamas and campaigned door-to-door for local option levies. She was active in the recent Our City, Our Future campaign to support public ownership of the West End Building.

Moncrieff believes civic communication needs strengthening in Lake Oswego. She wants the city to do a better job of resolving tension between residents who want to push forward with civic projects and those who would not and sees better, clearer communications as key.

She supports keeping the West End Building in public ownership but believes too much about the project is unknown.

'In order for the citizens to become comfortable keeping it and paying for it, they need to know what specifically is the use going to be, what is the cost going to be and who the users are,' Moncrieff said.

A fan of transportation, land use, parks and natural resources, she would opt to steward all of those areas, work to bridge gaps in the city's bike paths and trails and take a closer look at street maintenance to help keep future costs down.

Jeff Gudman

Age: 54

Family: Single, no children

Career: Private investor in publicly traded companies and an early-stage venture capitalist

Hobbies: Reading, yard work, formerly was a competitive swimmer

Favorite Book: 'A Soldier of a Great War,' Mark Helprin

For Jeff Gudman, a term on the Lake Oswego City Council might be a lot like a trip to Virginia.

As a former volunteer on the board of a national swimming association, Gudman once flew there and spent 12 hours in a room with frustrated swimmers and seven lawyers resolving a heated dispute that was on its way to court.

Always active in civic life, Gudman has served on the boards of several companies as well as numerous local boards in committees. He is a former chair of the Lake Oswego Neighborhood Action Coaltion and of the Lake Oswego Citizen Budget Committee.

He has been active in Cub Scouts, the national board of USA Swimming and also Northwest Pilot Project, a housing program serving the poor and elderly in Portland. Gudman is treasurer of the Legacy Good Samaritan Emmanuel Foundation.

'I've been involved in both private public service and public service for many years,' said Gudman. 'I've been blessed in my life, so why shouldn't I' get involved?

Gudman has been a private investor since 1994, investing in publicly traded companies and investing venture capital in companies in the early stage of their development, most high risk and high return.

His financial background played a critical role while he served on the committee that first recommended options for the West End Building to the Lake Oswego City Council.

'I wanted to persuade the others to override the council mandate and look at costs,' rather than just uses, Gudman said.

He was overruled. But as a city councilor, Gudman said he would pick up where he left off, calling for a thorough overview of the city's assets and expenditures and carefully probing how a community center might fit in.

Gudman would also keep a keen eye on activity in the Stafford Hamlet, looking out for potential impacts to Lake Oswego, and steward public improvement projects like the interceptor sewer and expansion of the water utility.

He has a special interest in the Kruse Way area and wants to know the financial implications of the premiere business spot as land there reaches its full development potential.

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