City councilor will run in November to replace Mayor Kent Studebaker, whose term is set to expire this year

This story has been updated from its original version.

The race for Lake Oswego mayor is officially on.

Lake Oswego City Councilor John LaMotte announced Saturday, May 16, that he will run in November to replace Mayor Kent Studebaker, whose term is set to expire this year.

"I'm just passionate about leadership and serving," LaMotte said. "I'd love to take it to the next level and be our mayor for the next four years."

LaMotte joins City Councilor Theresa Kohlhoff on the ballot after she annnounced her mayoral candidacy in the summer of 2019.

LaMotte was first elected to the City Council in 2016; prior to that he was the chair of the Lake Oswego Planning Commission.COURTESY PHOTO - LaMotte

"As Mayor, I want to continue our good government, quality services and budget discipline as well as our focus on infrastructure, public safety, parks, sustainability and the arts," LaMotte said in a press release. "The City Council and staff has done a good job with budgets, maintaining our bond rating, implementing infrastructure initiatives and addressing COVID-19 emergency operations. What we need to do in the next term is to strategically address transportation, economic development and recreation facilities, and get projects done with vision and vigor."

One message LaMotte hopes will float to the surface is that "we run a good government and we have good staff." He added that he's not looking to make major changes, rather he wants to continue the good work and quality services, and be "more strategic in our decision making."

A native of Chicago, LaMotte has spent more than 30 years working as a city planner and businessman. He moved to Lake Oswego in 2012 and in addition to serving on the council, he's also on the board of the Lake Oswego Arts Council, serves as chair of the Clackamas County Economic Development Commission and is a member of the Lake Oswego Economic Development Team. LaMotte is the former president of the Village on the Lake Homeowners Association and also served on the Clackamas County Sheriff's Juvenile Diversion Program panel for Lake Oswego.

"I have (a) pretty high drive and energy level," said LaMotte, adding that he will work with people and bring city staff, citizens and leaders together to get things done. "It will be a very active and consensus-building type term."

He has a master's degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Wisconsin and a bachelor's degree in geography from the University of Utah.

LaMotte sees his leadership and city planning experience as a unique skillset he will bring to the table if elected mayor.

In the press release, LaMotte noted that he plans on running a positive, non-partisan campaign and that he is "appalled at the nasty, negative tone that our national and state politics has taken."

For more information, visit Lamotte's website.

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