Chamber picks Manz, Nguyen, Wendland
Lake Oswego's Chamber of Commerce announced Friday that it has endorsed Jackie Manz, Daniel Nguyen and John Wendland for seats on the City Council.
Chamber Executive Director Keith Dickerson said the group's Government Affairs Committee and Board of Directors made their decision after interviewing each of the candidates about topics of interest to the business community. Candidates' answers to questions about the Lake Grove and downtown business areas at a chamber-sponsored forum also were considered.
"Each candidate brought something different to the table," Dickerson said. "The committee valued Randy Arthur's longtime work through the Planning Commission, Massene Mboup's commitment to the chamber through the International Leadership Academy, Donald Mattersdorff's ties to his neighborhood and Emma Burke's voice for the parent community. (Hannah Crumme was unable to attend the forum.)"
Dickerson said the chamber decided to endorsed Manz, though, because it valued the work she has put into the past four years on City Council and recognized that "her work has just begun."
Nguyen's efforts as a community volunteer and regional business generator earned him an endorsement, Dickerson said, as did his commitment "to educate himself on issues and work collaboratively within the City Council structure."
And Wendland was selected because he brings government experience from his past work through the school district, Dickerson said, as well as business experience as a business owner and long-time chamber member.
"The decision to endorse three City Council candidates was based on their knowledge of the business community and how well they communicated their thoughts," Dickerson said. "The Chamber appreciates the abilities of all these candidates and recognizes this is an unusual year with so much talent willing to be used to better the City of Lake Oswego."
— The Review