Two high-quality gentlemen — Kent Studebaker and Greg Macpherson — are the choices for Lake Oswego mayor in the Nov. 6 vote-by-mail Oregon general election.

Make no mistake, both offer earnest convictions, sincerity and knowledge. They also represent similar styles — cool, calm and collected. Both candidates have worked their ways up through the ranks: Studebaker by virtue of time spent on the city’s budget committee, and Macpherson through his three terms representing Lake Oswego and portions of Southwest Portland in the Oregon Legislature.

However, there are significant contrasts between the two, and this is where voters will have to make the big decision. While the open mayor’s position is nonpartisan, there definitely is a partisan feel to this and the city council races.

Macpherson generally supports the path Lake Oswego is on, although he acknowledges that the number of city projects is a “lot to undertake, especially when the community is not unified behind those efforts.” Calling himself the “consensus candidate,” Macpherson said, “My aim is to have a good working relationship with every member of the council, even those I may disagree with on certain issues.”

Studebaker has a focus on curtailing spending by the city, re-examining projects on the table and advocating for citizens’ rights. A proponent of government transparency, he says he would continue to push for that. If elected, “I want to be a leader — not a dictator,” he said. He is part of a slate of candidates running on similar themes.

Voters have the luxury of choosing between two good people in this race. We suggest they vote for Greg Macpherson to be Lake Oswego’s next mayor. We think he has the ability to lead, the nature to bridge political divides and the skills to work with a community — and council — that has divergent viewpoints.

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