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Chamber, PAC endorse Gudman and Buck for Lake Oswego City Council

The Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce and the Keep Lake Oswego Great political action committee have endorsed Jeff Gudman and Joe Buck in the race for City Council.

Chamber President Doug Cushing said his organization’s board determined that Gudman and Buck “have the proven capabilities to represent business interests, promote continued infrastructure improvements and improve the commercial climate for success in Lake Oswego.”

Gudman, who is running for his second term on the Council, “has shown a reasoned and thoughtful approach toward his development and land use decisions,” Cushing said. “His support for economic development reflects a long-term goal of the Chamber.”

Buck, a small-business owner and current member of the Chamber board, earned the group’s endorsement for his community involvement and his role on the Boones Ferry Road improvement project. Buck “has shown the energy and initiative to be an engaging promoter not only of business enterprises but for broad community strength and vitality,” the Chamber said.

Keep Lake Oswego Great, a political action committee that claims membership across a broad cross-section of the community, said it chose candidates who “listen respectfully, approach decision-making without a preconceived point of view and are independent thinkers unafraid to take a stand on an issue that may not be popular with the more vocal segments of our community.”

The group cited Buck’s accounting and business background, his involvement with the Lake Grove Village Plan and the Chamber of Commerce, and his “perspective as a member of the younger generation.”

Gudman has been “a moderating force on the Council and supports downtown redevelopment and the Lake Grove Village plan,” the group said. “He has shown an unwavering willingness to listen to various points of view, an enthusiasm for his role and, most importantly, while we do not always agree with his decisions, we do agree with the thoughtful process he follows.”

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