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Local restaurant owner Joe Buck announces 2020 City Council candidacy June 9.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Joe Buck has announced he will be running for a seat on the Lake Oswego City Council. Joe Buck is at it again. The owner of Babica Hen Cafe and Gubanc's Pub has announced he is running for a seat on the Lake Oswego City Council, with hopes of returning to a seat he vacated in 2018 to run for Metro Council.

In a Facebook post June 9, Buck notified people he would be on the November ballot.

"It was the honor of my life to serve the community on council before and I hope they allow me the privilege to be a strong voice again," Buck said in a Facebook post.

Buck joins Melissa Fireside, Massene Mboup, Rachel Verdick and Emma Burke in a race for three open seats on the City Council. Councilors John LaMotte and Theresa Kohlhoff have also announced their bids for mayor, as Kent Studebaker's term is ending.

Buck served on the Lake Oswego City Council for four years before running for Metro in a race he narrowly lost to West Linn resident Christine Lewis.

He did not respond to multiple requests for comment from the Review.

During his first term, Buck worked on improving the way the city operates, pushing for a Climate Action Plan to more deeply consider the environment in policies and decisions. He also strived to bolster public engagement and input from Lake Oswego's young people through the Youth Leadership Council.

In a 2018 Lake Oswego Review article, Buck said he was particularly proud of his work on the Boones Ferry Road Improvement Project, which broke ground in 2019.


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