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Elections

The City of Lake Oswego has a council-manager form of government.  The mayor and six councilors are elected at-large and serve four-year terms. The current City Council will serve from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2014.

Three Council positions will be elected at the November 4, 2014 General Election for terms beginning January 1, 2015.

2014 November General Election - Council Candidates

As of the deadline on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, five candidates completed filings for the November 4, 2014 General Election:

2014 November General Election - City Referral Measure 3-452

On July 1, 2014, the City Council adopted Resolution 14-52, referring a measure to the voters for the November 4, 2014 General Election and on July 29, 2014, the City Council adopted Resolution 14-54, approving an explanatory statement for inclusion in the Voters’ Pamphlet.

CAPTION:
CHARTER AMENDMENTS REGARDING ELECTIONS TO APPROVE NEW OR WIDENED ROADS

QUESTION:

Shall the City Charter be amended regarding signatures, and degree of road-widening, necessary to require elections approving road projects?

SUMMARY:

This measure was referred to the ballot by the Lake Oswego City Council.

The Lake Oswego Charter currently requires a city-wide election to approve construction of any “major road” or “major road expansion” if an election request is signed by at least 25 registered City voters. This ballot measure increases the required number of signatures to at least three percent of all registered City voters (under current registration numbers, 758 signatures).

The Charter defines “major road” as any new road having pavement over 32 feet wide. This will remain unchanged.

The Charter currently defines “major road expansion” as increasing the pavement width of an existing road by any amount, if the road will be over 20 feet wide after the widening. It does not include road maintenance or repair that does not significantly increase road width. This ballot measure changes the definition of “major road expansion” to mean increasing pavement width to add at least one new automobile traveling lane extending for at least 500 feet.

A “yes” vote amends the Charter as described.

Election Resources

The Oregon Secretary of State Elections Division publishes candidate manuals, filing forms, information on State election law, and campaign finance.

The City of Lake Oswego is located in three counties, Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington. For more information on county election offices:

For questions, please contact the City Recorder, Catherine Schneider, at 503-675-3984 or by email. You may also contact the Secretary of State’s Office at 503-986-1518.

Voter Registration

The Oregon Secretary of State's website offers an online voter registration form. Voter registration forms are also available at City Hall and the library.

November 2012 General Election

Elections for the position of Mayor, three City Council positions, and Ballot Measures 3-405 and 3-406 were held during the General Election on November 6, 2012. For a list of results, see the Declaration of the Vote below.