Kent Studebaker to be next mayor

by: VERN UYETAKE - Kent Studebaker and his wife, Kim, check the latest election results Tuesday night at a Lakeview Boulevard warehouse party also attended by council candidates Karen Bowerman, Skip O'Neill and Dan Williams.

Greg Macpherson conceded the mayor’s race Friday evening, making Kent Studebaker Lake Oswego's next mayor.

After seeing the latest ballot counts, Macpherson said, he called his opponent, Kent Studebaker, to congratulate him on the win.

“Although a small number of ballots are yet to be counted, I concluded that they will not alter the outcome,” Macpherson said, noting he offered Studebaker his assistance “as he prepares for the transition to office.”

Macpherson, a Portland attorney and former state representative for the Lake Oswego area, ran his campaign as the “consensus candidate,” pledging to bring together a politically divided council and community.Greg Macpherson

“The small margin in this election reflects how closely divided the city is over its future course,” he said by email Friday. “As I stated in my campaign, I believe that building bridges within the City Council and the community should be an important goal for city government. I urge those newly elected this year and those continuing to serve on the Council to adopt that goal as their own.

“I would like to thank the many supporters of my campaign for their assistance. I am proud to have waged a positive campaign of ideas that advanced the public debate. I urge our city’s future leaders to respect the views of all city residents, including those of virtually half of the electorate who share my vision and ideas.”

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