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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, 2015 through December 31, 2016.

The City Council will refer three measures to city voters at the November 8, 2016 General Election.

Upcoming Council Openings

Candidates for the position of Mayor and three City Councilor positions will appear on the ballot for the November 8, 2016 General Election. The filing period for interested candidates begins on June 1, 2016, and concludes at 5 p.m. on August 30, 2016. Candidates should allow the City Recorder's office two business days to verify signatures with the county prior to the August 30 deadline.

Candidates are encouraged to make an appointment with the City Recorder/Elections Officer when ready to file their forms.

Election Resources

The 2016 City Council Candidate Guide is available below. The guide provides general information about elections, qualifications for candidacy, and directions for filing for elective office. Printed copies of the guide and required forms are available in the City Manager's Office on the third floor in City Hall.

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

City elections are governed by the laws and regulations of the City of Lake Oswego, Clackamas County, and the State of Oregon. Lake Oswego Charter and Code pertaining to elections can be found on the City's website.

The City of Lake Oswego is located in three counties; Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington. Each candidate is responsible for their own voters' pamphlet submissions, and candidates who wish to appear in all three county voters' guides must contact each county. For more information on county election offices follow the links listed at the bottom of this page.

For questions, please contact the City Recorder, Anne-Marie Simpson, at 503-534-4225 or by email. You may also contact the Secretary of State’s Office at 503-986-1518.

Ballot Measures

Measure 3-489 -  Charter Amendment Relating to Notices of City Elections

Measure 3-490 - Prohibiting Certain Marijuana Production and Sales Facilities in Lake Oswego

Measure 3-491 -  Advisory Vote on a Municipal Fiber-Optic Broadband Network

Voter Registration

The Oregon Secretary of State's website offers an online voter registration form and a way to check on or update your registration. Voter registration forms are also available at City Hall and the library.

Convenient Ballot Box Locations

Lake Oswego Has two ballot drop box locations

City Hall - Outdoor Box
380 A Avenue
Upper parking lot behind the building,
 in the turn around

Lake Oswego Public Library - Indoor Box
706 Fourth Street
During library hours