It has been my great pleasure to serve the city of Lake Oswego as an elected member of the Lake Oswego City Council for the past nearly three years. Unfortunately, and with great regret, I find it necessary for me to resign from the council owing to family circumstances that have precipitated our relocating to the San Diego area. Kehoe

While our full-time residence will now be in California, I intend to maintain a part-time residence in Lake Oswego and will continue to be a local business owner and advocate for everything that makes our city so unique and great.

I have very much enjoyed serving on council, helping citizens, responding to citizens’ issues, receiving their always thoughtful input, their requests and, yes, even their complaints. I will miss our active and engaged citizens who help keep this local government focused on priorities. It has been a privilege to serve and I hope that my nearly three years on council are viewed as having helped make us a better community.

Out of respect for the many citizens who supported my campaign for office and voted for me, I would like to express my desire to see someone appointed in my stead that shares many of my values. Fortunately, there are many in this community who are amply qualified and share a similar passion for our great city, but one individual in particular stands out in my mind — Lauren Hughes.

While Lauren has been a vigorous advocate for revision to the city’s sensitive lands program, many in our community may not realize just how well rounded her experience and history of volunteerism has been. She has had a long and successful career in advertising and marketing. Lauren has also been an active parent volunteer at the elementary, junior and high school levels as well as a volunteer with several nonprofit organizations within Lake Oswego and the county.

There are many examples of her commitment to our community that remind me of the adage, “actions speak louder than words.” Lauren has consistently attended city council and other city meetings and has provided thoughtful, well-researched testimony regarding sensitive lands and other critical issues such as the streetcar, Foothills, the comp plan, code revisions and more. I have complete faith that Lauren possesses the attributes to work collaboratively with those with divergent opinions and to be an effective leader on council. She has an up-to-date grasp of the critical matters currently affecting our wonderful city, and she can assume the seat with very little learning curve.

I will miss this great city of Lake Oswego, but know that I will be following its progress from California. I am optimistic that it will always strive to meet its potential and be one of the best places in which to live and to educate our children and children to come.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve all of Lake Oswego.

Mike Kehoe, now of Rancho Santa Fe in San Diego County, Calif., served as a Lake Oswego City Councilor until his move to California several weeks ago. Kehoe and his family will continue to maintain a part-time residence in Lake Oswego.

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