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Restaurant owner Buck seeks to bring public accounting savvy and a knowledge of the local business community to public service

BUCKBorn and raised in Lake Oswego, 33-year-old restaurateur Joe Buck is one of the youngest candidates running for City Council, but the University of Portland grad says he’s got the chops: Buck currently operates Gubancs Pub & Restaurant — the third generation of his family to do so — and the Babica Hen Cafe in Lake Grove and Dundee.

Buck will compete for one of three council seats that are up for grabs in the November election. Candidates had until the end of day Tuesday to collect the required 20 signatures and file the necessary paperwork to run.

“I feel like my background growing up here, coupled with my background as a local business owner with 65 employees, makes me a very well-rounded candidate able to represent the diverse needs of the community,” he said.

Buck feels his prior career as a public accountant also gives him an edge.

“That background in accounting helps me every day in the restaurant business, and I believe it will serve me very well if elected to the council in terms of understanding the complexities of finances,” Buck said.

“I think we need to balance the need to preserve our strong residential character with the need to allow for smart growth that will sustain our community’s future,” he added. “Our financial resources must be managed conservatively, yet balanced with the desire to provide the residents here with a high level of municipal service.”

Buck called Lake Oswego "a beautiful place, with many, many natural resources." He said he wants to preserve the quality of life that residents enjoy here, while at the same time providing "clear and objective standards that treat all property owners equally.”

Buck said serving on the City Council is the ideal way to give back to a community that he says has already afforded him so much opportunity.

“When I took over Gubanc’s from my dad, he told me that owning a business here is more than just running a business, that you have to be a representative and a voice for the larger community,” Buck said. “As a resident, as someone who grew up here, my parents instilled a great sense of civic duty. If you’re going to be a part of the business community here, you have to give back.”

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