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Gudman, Buck will represent entire community

The Keep Lake Oswego Great political action committee would like to thank all of the candidates running for City Council. We believe our community is very fortunate to have people of such high caliber willing to put themselves on the line and run for elected office.

In addition, we believe it is important for our City Council to be representative of the entire community by containing members representing a variety of different ages, from different areas in our community and with experience in different occupations. Such Council composition makes for the greatest opportunity for the various community voices and points of view to be heard.

That said, Keep Lake Oswego Great also believes that there are two candidates who set themselves apart from the others. They embody the values we consider the most important: They listen respectfully, they approach decision-making without a preconceived point of view and they are independent thinkers unafraid to take a stand on an issue that may not be popular with the more vocal segments of our community. Perhaps most importantly, they discuss the issues — not personalities.

The first candidate we believe deserves our strong endorsement is Joe Buck. Joe has an accounting and business background, and he owns and manages two successful local restaurants — Gubanc’s and Babica Hen. His financial background will be a significant asset as we move forward with important fiscal decisions. In addition, Joe — as a third-generation Lake Oswegan — believes that he should give back to a community that has given him so much. He is fully invested in, and understands, our community, and he believes that the needs of the community need to be looked at as a whole. His perspective as a member of the younger generation will be valuable, as will his extensive involvement with the Lake Grove Village Plan and the Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors.

Our second strong endorsement goes to current City Councilor Jeff Gudman. He has been a moderating force on the Council and supports downtown redevelopment and the Lake Grove Village plan. 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. Jeff takes his role very seriously, and there are very few civic events where he is not in attendance. His independence and experience with city issues have earned him a second term on the Council.

Our community is facing an aging demographic and deteriorating infrastructure, including many city facilities. We need a Council that meets current needs, carefully plans for future needs and interacts with our community in a manner designed to bring forth the best solutions at the best value in the most cohesive way. Please join us in voting for Joe Buck and Jeff Gudman.

Lisa Adatto, Karen Jacobson, Rob LeChevallier and Chris Schetky are members of the Keep Lake Oswego Great executive committee.

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