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The View From Here: Cut through all the campaign clutter

Campaign season can be a noisy affair, especially during a presidential election when the stakes are so high and the choices are so clear.

Now add a handful of important statewide races, county contests and ballot measures likely to have a profound impact on voters’ wallets. And toss in local races for mayor and City Council — contests that will shape the future of Lake Oswego for the next four years and beyond.

Seems a bit overwhelming, doesn’t it?

Fortunately, The Review and our sister paper, the Portland Tribune, are committed to cutting though all of that noise with the most comprehensive coverage — online and in print — of the key races leading up to the Nov. 8 general election.

Reporter Paris Achen is leading our coverage from Salem, where the Pamplin Media Group’s Capital Bureau — a joint venture with the EO Media Group — is focused on statewide races for governor, attorney general, secretary of state and treasurer. Achen will also continue her impressive reporting on a host of ballot measures, including the controversial gross-receipts tax proposed in Measure 97.

Longtime political reporter Peter Wong has already written extensively on Clackamas County races, including November runoffs for two seats on the board of commissioners and ballot measures that would impose new taxes and fees for road maintenance and marijuana businesses. Expect to see more of Wong’s reporting in coming weeks, including looks at the area’s key congressional and legislative contests.

And needless to say, only in The Review will you find in-depth coverage of the unique choices facing Lake Oswego voters. Reporter Anthony Macuk continued our months-long coverage last week with a look at the seven men and women who are running for mayor and three seats on the City Council. In today’s newspaper, you’ll find answers from the mayoral candidates to Macuk’s questions about everything from redevelopment and property rights to PERS, pot and broadband fiber.

Council candidates will share their answers to those important questions next week, when we'll also offer a recap of three local ballot measures. We’ll also take a look in coming weeks at the House District 38 race between Ann Lininger and Patrick de Klotz, and at City Councilor Jeff Gudman’s bid for state treasurer. And next month, we’ll share our endorsements for ballot measures and the candidates who we feel are best suited to lead Lake Oswegans into the future.

Want more?

The Review will host two candidate forums this fall in advance of the November general election, because 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. So save these dates:

MONDAY, SEPT. 26: A forum for candidates running for Mayor;

MONDAY, OCT. 3: A forum for candidates running for City Council.

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. The format will allow for opening statements from each candidate, a series of questions from me and time for questions from the audience.

These forums are your chance to talk directly with the candidates about the issues that are important to you, and to complement the coverage you’ll find in the pages of The Review, in the Portland Tribune and online at lakeoswegoreview.com and portlandtribune.com.

We can’t do anything about the oncoming onslaught of television advertising and the mailboxes full of political pleas and promises. But we can help you cut through the clutter with insightful reporting and coverage that explains what’s important — and what, in the end, is just a whole lot of noise. Gary M. Stein is editor of The Lake Oswego Review. Reach him at 503-636-1281 ext. 102 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..