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Debate season kicks off Monday in Lake Oswego, too

Mayoral candidates will meet in the first of four forums planned over the next week

The Lake Oswego Review has announced that it will host candidate forums this week and next in advance of the November general election, including one Monday evening for the city's three mayoral hopefuls.

"We feel that it’s our responsibility as the primary source of news and information about Lake Oswego to play a key role in helping voters make informed decisions about the future of this city we all love," Editor Gary M. Stein said.

The Review's forums include:

MONDAY, SEPT. 26: A forum for candidates running for Mayor (Budget Committee Chairman Dave Berg, City Councilor Jon Gustafson and incumbent Mayor Kent Studebaker); and

MONDAY, OCT. 3: A forum for candidates running for three open seats on the City Council (attorney Theresa Kohlhoff, Planning Commission Chairman John LaMotte and incumbent Councilors Charles Collins and Skip O'Neill).

Both forums will take place in the Community Meeting Room at the Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St. Both are scheduled from 6-7:30 p.m., and both will be recorded and available for viewing later at lakeoswegoreview.com.

The format will allow for opening statements from each candidate, a series of questions from Stein, who will serve as moderator, and time for questions from the audience.

"It’s a chance for community members to talk directly with the candidates," Stein said, "about the issues that are important to them."

Also in the coming days:

• The Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a candidate forum for Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (14811 Kruse Oaks Blvd.). All but Berg are expected to attend. Check-in is scheduled for 7 a.m., breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and the program at 8 a.m. Cost is $25 for Chamber members, $35 for non-members. For more information, go to lake-oswego.com.

• The Lake Oswego Citizens Action League has scheduled a debate for City Council and mayoral candidates at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2, at Lake Oswego High School (2501 Country Club Road). All but Gustafson are expected to attend. The format will feature a moderator and three community members who will ask questions; attendees will also be able to submit questions at the event.