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One hundred and ten years after our founding, I am thrilled to lead what will be the most diverse Lake Oswego City Council in history.

Lake Oswego, we did it. Months ago you came forward with encouragement and support, suggesting a new plan for a unifying path ahead for LO. After having announced a run for a council seat, we took a risk being the final entry into L.O.'s mayoral race. Following record voter turnout, I am proud to have the honor of serving all the people of my hometown and leading the Lake Oswego City Council as its next mayor.Buck

We are only here because of your support, the lawn sign you displayed, the postcard you wrote, the neighbors you spoke to, the social media post you shared, the signs you waved and the time and resources you contributed to this grassroots effort. Our campaign did not raise the most money or hire experienced political consultants. In fact, we didn't hire anyone. This volunteer effort was driven by a group of young leaders, recent graduates of our LO schools and some not even old enough to vote themselves. They contributed their talents, energy and passion for a more inclusive, equitable and sustainable community — a message we proudly carried and a message — as we see in the results of the vote — that the residents of LO resoundingly validated. I am grateful to each one of them and eagerly anticipate a future engendered by their thoughtful, intelligent leadership.

It is a new day for our city. One hundred and ten years after our founding, I am thrilled to lead what will be the most diverse Lake Oswego City Council in history. The message is clear. LO is a community that will speak up to support equality, that will lift the voices least heard and that will work together to improve conditions for all — especially those who have been held back by an antiquated and unjust social fabric. It's a fabric that your votes are unraveling and that we together will sew anew into one formed in a love that supports all members of our community and stands up to hate and intolerance. It is a fabric that honors our natural environment and will ensure we do all we can to secure a healthy future for our next generation. And throughout it all we will ensure that our city is safe and peaceful for everyone, that every student has the opportunity to receive a top tier education and that our local businesses community fosters the healthy environment needed to start, grow and sustain a business.

Together we arrived at this day and together we will move forward. Regardless of political party or who we supported locally or nationally, we are united by this place and may our shared passion for our city be the basis for our work together. I hear you with your best intentions and pledge to always lead with my values, keeping an open ear to workable solutions that move us forward. Thank you all for your faith in my leadership, and I look forward to a bright future for us all.

Joe Buck is the mayor-elect of Lake Oswego.


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