Thank you Lake Oswego!
While we are disappointed that we did not win the Mayoral race, we are proud that we ran a positive campaign focused on the future of Lake Oswego. With the help of many of you we drove the campaign down the Middle Road and took the proverbial High Road, while our opponents sometimes took the Low Road.
Sadly, Lake Oswego is as divided as the country. We need to work locally and nationally to overcome the extreme factions that want to tear our country and cities apart as we are better than that and always stronger together.
When I announced my candidacy, a friend called and encouraged me to enjoy my campaign journey as I would meet great people along the way. That has been so true. Campaigns can bring out the best and worst in people.
Some chose sloganeering, race baiting and character attacks over practical governing and experienced leadership. And there were those that not only jumped on our campaign train, but inspired me every day, including:
- The LO resident and business owner experiencing serious health issues who gave of her time and heart.
- The single mother raising four kids, including a developmentally disabled child, who when we delivered a yard sign on a rainy day greeted us with a smile and so much love in her house.
- Successful business people who wrote big checks because it was important to have experienced leaders keeping LO moving forward.
- Seniors on fixed incomes who contributed little checks because they want LO to remain safe and friendly.
- Business owners that want to keep our economic engines going strong.
- Tree advocates who believe more needs to be done to save large trees on buildable lots.
- Builders who invest in our city's growth and want fair, clean government.
- Sports folks who waited so long for a recreation center, pool, tennis center remodel, golf course renovation and new fields.
- Residents, who with me, fought Metro's ill-conceived Oak Grove-Lake Oswego bridge concept because we have many unfunded road, trail and bridge projects and because such a bridge would negatively impact our riverfront.
- Residents who want annual funding of paths/trails, especially safe routes to schools.
- Residents and leaders who advocate practical solutions to reduce our environmental footprint/impact.
- Residents and employees who want improved bus service.
- Folks who want a real plan to finally determine the future of the Stafford area…
- Folks who want to address the inefficiencies and deteriorated roads that plague the City's unincorporated zones.
- Seniors and young people who would like more affordable housing options so they can live in the city they love.
- The good hearted people who want us to live together in harmony, but don't want their city called racist.
- Residents who appreciate and support our hard working police and don't want them demonized, but enhanced where needed.
I look forward to the future and want to thank our supporters for the ideas, encouragement, hard-earned money, volunteer time and love you gave to my campaign. I will continue to work with you outside City Hall on important issues facing the city.
I wish the new city council all the best in governing our amazing Lake Oswego!!!
John LaMotte is a Lake Oswego city councilor and ran for mayor in the 2020 election.
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