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Lake Oswego readers weigh in on upcoming City Council and mayor electoral races.

Prusak is dedicated to constituents

I am 73 years old and have worked at Ron Tonkin Kia in Gladstone as a parts runner and courtesy car driver for over 10 years. I was furloughed on March 23. I knew I didn't have the professional credentials to start over in a remote job. As a single, senior woman, my resources are limited in an expensive world where I am at a high risk for severe covid symptoms, the stress was immense.

I applied for unemployment online, but the process was unfamiliar to me: I never heard back, so I waited to hear if I was approved to continue my weekly filings. I missed my first week while I waited, and I couldn't get back into the online system or communicate with anyone on the phone and mail. For six weeks, I didn't get any economic relief.

So I wrote to my state representative, Rachel Prusak, and she understood my stress and urgency. She responded quickly by connecting me to a state unemployment official and helped me resolve my issue. What a relief after six weeks of anxiety and fear. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank Rachel Prusak for her help and dedication to her constituents.

Irma Trommlitz

Lake Oswego

John LaMotte is the mayor Lake Oswego needs

When my father passed in 2016, it became clear that my family's home in LO (where I grew up and my mother still lived) wasn't designed for aging in place. As a family, we also realized that with a few modifications the house was perfect for incorporating an ADU that would allow my mother to remain in the house she's called home since 1983 while my wife and I could live our own lives only a wall away.

Unfortunately, LO's ADU code was short-sighted and the fees alone would have been astronomical. I reached out to all city council members to express my concern. Two of them responded but only one of them took decisive action: John LaMotte.

Councilor LaMotte listened to my thoughts and ideas and then led the charge to carefully guide and update the city's ADU code — ensuring the city's character was preserved while also giving citizens more options to suit their lifestyle and property investment goals. Private multi-generational living, superior home offices, affordable housing and supplemental income are just a few of the opportunities made possible with ADUs because of Councilor LaMotte's service and vision. John LaMotte's open-minded and principled leadership makes him ideal for mayor.

Chris Wojda

Lake Oswego

Melissa Fireside wants to be the voice of the people

Melissa has worked within our City through both municipal elections and grassroots groups to support individuals and use her voice to support everyone. Melissa is also supported and/or endorsed by our entire school board which speaks to her ability to learn, listen, and work with many folks that impact the tangible policy outcomes within our City.

Melissa believes that the People include students, seniors, Women, everyone; and these voices have to be given access to municipal leaders so their votes and policies are qualified by the lived impact of the citizens within Lake Oswego. Melissa has committed to hosting ongoing Chats with Mel when she is elected so that people have access to her and she can be informed and engaged with everyone. Most elected officials only do this during election time, but we are lucky to have a candidate that sees we need to be able to talk with our representatives consistently.

From a student's perspective, this is an exciting time to elect a leader that cares about everyone and has tangible ideas for creating an accessible government. Vote for Melissa, a voice for the People!

Karis Rohrer

Lake Oswego

No Street Person

This guy caught my eye, resting next to one of Lake Oswego's newest and most prestigious buildings. He's not just your regular homeless person, he's an earner. Collecting cans to sell, but also, that bright huge red bag hung in my mind like a balloon. He cheered me up in these dark days.

Thank you dear man and take good care of yourself whoever you are.

Jean Davis

Lake Oswego

Rapf is right choice

I am excited that Aaron Rapf is running for LO City Council and he should be elected. Plain and simple, Aaron cares about Lake Oswego and has the background, desire, and experience to keep our community on its current path forward. Progress done right. And get things done. That is Aaron Rapf.

Aaron supports infrastructure investments, strong public safety, and a vibrant and active Parks and Recreation department. He has proven this as a long term member of the City Budget Committee. Priorities like these make Lake Oswego a great place to "Live, Work, and Play."

As a current member of City Council, we have a diverse set of matters that come before us each year. Policy, strategic planning, reacting to unforeseen issues like COVID, land use issues, and budgets are just some of the topics we deal with. Aaron has the needed critical thinking and people skills to make great leadership decisions for the people of Lake Oswego.

With Aaron's strong business acumen, young family perspective, and middle of the road non-partisan outlook, please VOTE for AARON RAPF. Lake Oswego needs him on Council.

John Wendland

Lake Oswego City Councilor

Kohlhoff the choice for mayor

Please support Theresa Kohlhoff for Mayor. Supporting financial based companies and small businesses is in the DNA of most if not all our mayoral candidates, but Theresa brings more. With concerns for affordable housing and transportation for Lake Oswego wage earners as well as safe, healthy, and energy efficient housing for low income seniors and disabled homeowners. Theresa is our voice when the county determines these annual expenditures.

She will keep us abreast of the gap between our wage earners and the cost of housing as well as the distance and cost for these commuters. For mass transit she will advocate for transportation between new and existing Metro light rail routes to support our small businesses by supporting our commuting wage earners.

Saving our grand trees, parks, paths, and green areas along with the character of our neighborhoods is also significant and enviable, especially as developers are not neighbors.

Alan Trunnell

Lake Oswego

LaMotte will think strategically as mayor

Please join me and vote for John LaMotte for Lake Oswego Mayor.

Councilor LaMotte is a strategic thinker with an abundance of knowledge and experience. He has spent decades as a city planner working with cities like ours. He already knows what works and what does not. John has a deep understanding of costs, revenues, staffing, and how to make the most of the available resources.

John understands that a healthy city needs a strong business community. While on City Council, John reenergized the Lake Oswego Downtown Business Committee. His actions earned him both the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce's endorsement for mayor and their Chamber Champion award for showing how good business and good community can coexist and benefit everyone.

Councilor John LaMotte is hands down the most experienced and qualified mayoral candidate. Please visit his website at https://johnlamotteforlomayor.com to see all of the current and past city councilors, planning commissioners, neighborhood association presidents, Chamber presidents, and more that are supporting his candidacy for Mayor.

Beth Quarterman

Lake Oswego

Don't miss new photo exhibition

Yesterday my husband and I went to see an amazing photographic exhibition at the ARTspace Gallery, 41 B Ave. in downtown LO. Currently they are showing a photo project which features beautiful photos of African American cowboys and cowgirls in the Mississippi Delta region. The display of these photos from an ongoing documentary project about this area is stunning and the photographer, Rory Doyle, clearly has an eye for bringing his subjects to life. The title of the exhibit is Delta Hill Riders, and it is on view until Nov. 13. I highly recommend a visit to the exhibit. Great for all ages. The Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Gallery is an activity of the Arts Council of Lake Oswego. Not to be missed!

Margie Beckett

Lake Oswego

Buck is the unifying voice we need

My name is Parker, and I am proud to vote Joe Buck for mayor of Lake Oswego. The mayor has the power to shape our community for the better or for worse. The importance of this role is only emphasized during a pandemic and a historically divisive national election. As such, it's essential that our local leaders are focused on bringing together our fractured communities with a message of forward-thinking unity. I know political fatigue is a real issue and it can be tempting to write off the mayoral race as an afterthought, but that would be a mistake. We need a leader for Lake Oswego that will mitigate, not add to the political tensions that are increasingly permeating everyday life. We need a leader that can put differences aside and work with Lake Oswego citizens of every creed, ethnicity, and class to allow our community to prosper like we all know it can. I believe Joe Buck is that candidate. He has the experience and character to help our city rebound from the pandemic and I believe he will ensure that we emerge stronger than ever. I am voting for Joe, and I hope you will too.

Parker Phillips

Lake Oswego

Black Lives Matter doesn't promote violence

I occasionally do as requested by others and today went on the internet and googled Black Lives Matter Manifesto. Apparently, there are two. One written by Patrisse Cullors, one of the founders of the movement. The other appears to be from "The Manifesto of the Italian Fasci of Combat," published in Mussolini's "Il Popolo d'Italia" newspaper, in June 1919. The purpose of the latter is unclear.

I suggest that those curious about the Black Lives Matter movement read both.

The founders of the movement are Patrice Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi. Rather than advocating violent attacks on our democracy, they advise finding an organization that is in alignment with one's own social justice issues.

Nowhere does the group promote violence. They are against what they see as systematic racism in our country. They are against police using unnecessary force. They are for improving the lives of our non-white community members. Hardly revolutionary, more common sense.

Larry Gimbel

Lake Oswego

Yes on Measure 108

I have two children, ages 10 and 16, and am active with local youth through Girl Scouts and BSA. I care about kids, our community and public health.

This November, I urge you to join me by voting 'YES' on Measure 108. This measure establishes the first tax on vaping products and will increase the tax on cigarettes. The US Surgeon General has called youth e-cigarette use an epidemic. We must reduce youth vaping, save lives, and lower health care costs. That's what this measure can do.

Science and evidence shows that raising the price of tobacco products is one of the best ways to reduce consumption and deter youth from ever starting to use tobacco products. We are all paying now for tobacco, whether we smoke or not. Oregonians pay $1.5 billion each year in tobacco-related health care costs. When less people smoke deadly tobacco products, we save lives and lower costs for all of us. A win-win. The new revenue generated from Measure 108 will be used to fund vital healthcare programs, including smoking prevention and cessation programs, and the Oregon Health Plan — which provides health care coverage to 1 in 4 Oregonians (including over 400,000 youth).

Measure 108 is a smart way to fund health care, lower costs, and prevent the next generation from addiction to nicotine and tobacco. Please join me in voting YES on Measure 108.

Bev Stewart

Lake Oswego

Melissa Fireside is right leader to ensure we move forward equitably

As members of the Racial Justice Subcommittee, residents of Lake Oswego, and Women we are emphatically endorsing Melissa's candidacy for City Council.

Melissa is tenacious, out-going, bold, and extremely hardworking. Her dedication to learning, meeting people where they are at, and creating an atmosphere that lifts people up and does not tolerate forces that seek to divide and conquer is desperately needed in Lake Oswego. We need people in leadership and community-facing roles that are willing to use their voice to lift others.

Melissa is strong and resolute in her values which is so refreshing. She has a dynamic background with such an interesting lived experience, even at her age. We know our community will be better for her leadership, and she will inspire everyone to be involved.

Connie Lee & Gloria Brown

Lake Oswego

No secret: I support LaMotte

When a Joe Buck fundraising letter to his "dedicated supporters" was passed along to me I was surprised at its venomous tone. I understand that passions run high during an election, but to attack me and my company for supporting Buck's opponent was way out of line.

Shortly after Buck pivoted from running for LO City Council to Mayor, a professional lobbyist/political operative/Joe Buck financial supporter texted me and asked if I had picked a candidate for Mayor and if I would meet with Joe Buck. She told me that Joe Buck would be way better for developers than the alternatives. I declined and told her that I am supporting John LaMotte.

Now I am being demonized by the Buck campaign because we are wholeheartedly supporting John LaMotte!

I make no secret of the fact that I support John LaMotte for LO Mayor. John's maturity, level headedness, professional expertise and leadership experience is exactly what is needed to take this wonderful little city into the future.

Randy Sebastian

Lake Oswego

Theresa Kohlhoff the only choice for mayor

As a female attorney of a certain age, I have seen a lot of sexism/misogyny. Likewise Theresa has seen even so much more. I do not know how she has handled and endured all of the falsehoods and the patronizing. Yet Theresa has risen to the challenge and will be the adult in the room. We need a leader, not a follower, and Theresa will be the leader we need in these trying times.

No one will work harder and be more prepared. Theresa has worked on issues such as affordable housing, transportation, sustainability and climate change. She does not just show up at the end and claim credit. She will do all of the hard work necessary to accomplish these lofty goals.

The area that is close to my heart is diversity/equity/inclusion. Theresa will make sure that everyone is included in her vision for the City. She will insure that everyone has the same equal opportunities that currently only a few selected well-connected privileged individuals enjoy.

Most importantly to me, is that Theresa has the integrity and the high ethical standards necessary to do the job so that everything on her watch will be done incorporating those high standards which we should expect from our future Mayor.

Diane Grover

Lake Oswego

Mboup would serve with grace, conviction

When I cast my ballot this month for city councilors, one of the first bubbles I will be proud to fill in will be Massene Mboup for Lake Oswego City Council.

I am voting for Massene because of his dedication to our environment, education, and civic participation. These are values I also hold dear, and I trust that Massene will not only fight for those values as a city councilor, but do so in a way that includes all voices and considers all perspectives.

I also appreciate that he cares deeply about housing affordability in our community, as do I. This is an issue that needs more attention and action in Lake Oswego.

I hope you will join me in voting for Massene Mboup for Lake Oswego City Council. He is a progressive candidate dedicated to serving our city, and I believe he will do so with grace and conviction.

Natalie Bennon

Lake Oswego

Mboup is dedicated, would bring people together

Massene Mboup will make a great city councilor. While his resume speaks to his education and experience in city government, I think a vital and defining character of this man is his dedication to our community and his passion for bringing people together to solve problems. He will bring a widened perspective to our town. As the City goes forward, it will be vital to have Councilors who have the skill and the heart to work with neighbors and neighboring communities. Massene is all about this.

If you look within his resume and press statements, you will see hints as to what this man is all about, what he believes in and what he cares for. I'm a retired geologist and I have had two opportunities to interact with Massene as a part of my volunteer work on behalf of our local natural areas. I found him to be knowledgeable, aware, engaged and even passionate in his vision of a healthy Lake Oswego, including not only its people, but also all of its streams, trees and wildlife. I heartily endorse Massene Mboup for City Council.

Jim Fisher

Lake Oswego

Melissa Fireside is committed to fighting climate change

Melissa is committed to making sure she builds a climate change response plan that treats our climate crisis like the emergency it is. She believes that simple collaboration is not enough, we need to act and have measurable and specific goals that can be achieved incrementally and immediately.

Melissa is endorsed by the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, Pacific Green Party, and has many community supporters that are integral in making sure Lake Oswego combats climate change. Melissa does not come to the table with a simple idea that we have to fully enact our Climate Action Plan, she wants to take bold steps forward that requires an equitable and actionable approach to change behavior in both business and individuals. Things like protecting the Stafford Hamlet, protecting our big trees, and prioritizing green transit and mobility options.

Melissa has made a commitment to include our schools in her vision of climate action and wants to make sure we make change in a meaningful way. Her approach is not that of elitist ideas like everyone should drive Tesla, but an inclusive process that includes everyone within our community. Vote for Melissa: a real climate change activist.

Jeffrey Willardson

Lake Oswego

Rapf will make most of our resources

Please join me in supporting Aaron Rapf for Lake Oswego City Council.

A City Councilor must take great care of our community's assets and invest the City's resources wisely in initiatives that add value to the community we all share. Aaron is keenly aware of the implications associated with waste; for example, he believes that by being prudent with our dollars we can ensure that seniors in our community will never be taxed out of their homes.

Aaron Rapf not only has over two decades of experience investing strategically in business, he has also been an active and engaged member of the LO Budget Committee. So, he understands our city's current assets, cost structures and resources. He believes that our resources are adequate if invested with a long term view.

He will enhance the productivity of every dollar, not ask for more, to fund our collective priorities: the safety of our neighborhoods, supporting our school district, creating a welcoming environment for businesses, supporting the arts, improving parks, and creating safe pathways so residents can more fully enjoy our beautiful city.

Aaron Rapf is the most qualified candidate for City Council, and more importantly, he is a person of great integrity and character in whom we can place our trust.

Andy Campion

Lake Oswego

Vote for Massene Mboup

Dear Neighbors,

I'm voting for Massene Mboup for Lake Oswego's City Council.

Masseen is a Do-er. He founded a French school when the one he worked at closed.

He is a Collaborator. He listens and can help bring diverse voices together.

He is a Contributor. He serves on our City's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force and our school district's budget committee.

Please join me in voting for Masseen Mboup. Our city will benefit from his experience and perspective.

Dorothy Atwood

Lake Oswego

Joe Buck: A unifying leader for LO

I offer my strong endorsement of Joe Buck for LO's next mayor. I served on the city council with Joe. During that time, I saw Joe develop positive relationships with community members, city staff and his fellow councilors and demonstrate leadership that brought others on board with the policies that have made our community a better place. Joe supported increased funding for pathways and bikeway projects, helped secure an investment in clean wind power, worked to create the residential composting program and helped pass LO's reusable bag ordinance which has nearly eliminated harmful single use plastic bags from our stores. Additionally, Joe worked with the Chamber of Commerce to create a program to provide complimentary reusable bags to members of the community once the ordinance took effect. This is just one example of how his leadership links different facets of our community together and creates the positive relationships that foster a healthier city.

The word limit in this paper prohibits me from expressing all the good things about Joe, his values and his leadership. He will not compromise his principles and he'll demonstrate the compassionate heart of our community in all he does. Please join me and my family in voting Joe Buck as LO's next mayor.

Jon Gustafson

Lake Oswego

Pushing back on baseless claims

When Clifford Mansley raised his trembling Grim Reaper finger in the LO Review's letters column last week and wailed that there is a group whose purpose is to unleash "carefully orchestrated violent attacks on our democracy" and "endless violent attacks on downtown Portland and throughout the country", I was naturally alarmed — alarmed that Clifford Mansley had been unleashed to once again shovel endless and carefully orchestrated violent Fox News fertilizer upon our community.

"These are not innocent protests that we have witnessed", intones Mr. Mansley from beneath hooded cloak. "Read the Black Lives Matter manifesto that is readily available on the internet." Always joyful to snap at Republican Heritage Foundation talking-point bait, I searched online for the "readily available" BLM manifesto. And, lo, clicking on the only "Black Lives Matter Manifesto" hotlink that Google Search could produce, I read this: "This statement is a list of recommendations to the Welsh Government. The Welsh Government are in a unique position to set the example for all other European countries in regard to race and race relations."

Two questions sprang to mind: Firstly, is "the Welsh Government ARE" grammatically correct? Or is it "the Welsh Government IS"? Secondly, why is Mr. Mansley so concerned about race relations in Britain, and in Wales specifically? (Or, why ARE Mr. Mansley so concerned?) Either way, I owe Mr. Mansley an apology for assuming he was scaremongering about the BLM movement in America. Because, as anyone who lives here knows, the endless violent attacks on downtown Portland and throughout the country were orchestrated by Donald Trump — not BLM — when he sent his uninvited, unmarked, heavily-armed federal goon squads to shoot, gas, arrest and kidnap our domestically terrorizing Wall of Mothers.

Wales must be a real mess. Sorry, Mr. Mansley — Keep Calm and Carry On!

Burl Ross

Lake Oswego


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