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The Twitch Interactive manager makes sustainability and preservation of nature the core tenets of his campaign.

COURTESY PHOTO: CHARLES BRYAN - Bryan

Charles Bryan says Lake Oswego is the first city he's ever really loved. But the Palisades resident thinks the community can do better — particularly around preserving the natural environment and increasing sustainability.

This is one of the reasons he is running for one of three open City Council seats in a race against Council President John Wendland, former Councilor Jeff Gudman, Katherine Lupton, Ali Afghan and Trudy Corrigan.

Bryan moved to Lake Oswego during the COVID-19 pandemic and is just starting to get more involved after spending the last couple years raising young children. The 32-year-old felt that adding a younger voice to the council could be beneficial — particularly in terms of prioritizing long-term over short-term benefits.

"Being younger gives me more focus on making sure that in the far future, we're making things better and better … rather than possibly doing things a little more shortsighted like cutting a budget to something or doing a big development that ends up having a negative impact in the long run," he said.

However, Bryan also felt his experience serving as a senior manager at Twitch Interactive would be conducive to serving as an elected official.

"I sit in an organization at my job that is the intersection of a lot of things. I spend a lot of time gathering consensus with different groups," he said. "There's lots of times where there's competing things going on and different people want opposite things and figuring out creative solutions so it's not one person wins and another loses. We're all moving forward together."

Further, he described himself as a diligent person who strives to ensure efficiency and said, if elected, he would make the extra effort to visit with community neighbors, tour sites where proposals are taking place and ensure citizens' voices are being heard.

"I run a pretty large-budget organization at work and have a lot of experience delivering complicated infrastructure projects on time, making sure money spent is creating value and getting what we expect out of things," he said.

Preserving the natural environment is one component Bryan thinks will benefit Lake Oswego in the long run, and he felt that the city's code currently prioritizes developer interests over natural preservation. He added that the central tenet of his platform is protecting parks and other natural areas from development.

"I think we could achieve the same development while also preventing the entire forest around here from being clear-cut in the process," he said.

He also would like the city to help encourage developers to use more sustainable building materials and promote the use of renewable energy.


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