A view from just outside LO

Dear Editor, I have lived most of the past 36 years in or near Lake Oswego. We currently live in the City of Rivergrove, across the street from the LO city limits, so we will not be able to vote for LO mayor and council positions. Still, Lake Oswego is near and dear to our hearts, as we shop, dine, recreate and volunteer in Lake Oswego. My business is in Lake Oswego. 2 of our children attended LO Schools, and our 3rd is currently attending Rivergrove (online). I have been very involved in several LO organizations, including the School Foundation, Chamber, Rotary and Lakewood Center.

I think LO is extremely fortunate to have 8 high quality candidates running for Mayor and Council. While I don’t get to vote, the outcome is important for me because of our strong ties to LO. I feel we need balanced, principled, and collaborative voices on the council. I think John LaMotte, Aaron Rapf, and Rachel Verdick best fit the qualities that I believe are essential for moving our wonderful city forward. Whatever the outcome, I hope that the new mayor and council will work in a balanced and collaborative way in addressing the needs of all of our community.

Mark Birge