Tuesday, September 30, 2014

2014 Endorsement for Lake Oswego City Council

To All COLA LO Members,

The COLA board met with all candidates for city council this past weekend.  After several days of discussions and deliberations the board has formally decided upon its endorsement for 2014.

A media release was issued this evening by the board.  The text of which is located below.

Please review and notify all members, contacts, and friends.  

For Immediate Release:

Citizens for Local Accountability (COLA-LO) again offered all candidates for the Lake Oswego council in 2014 the opportunity to respond to a set of questions related to the core values of our organization (Fiscal Responsibility, Core Services, & Property Rights).   As in 2010 and 2012, COLA-LO has selected the candidates, whose responses best aligned with the core values. The interviews of the candidates who chose to participate will be, as in prior years, available for viewing on the COLA-LO blog www.commonsenselo.blogspot.com

In the 2014 election the COLA board has decided to endorse both Jackie Manz and Matt Keenen for City Council.  

Jackie Manz has a strong background in not only resolving community issues as a Neighborhood Association leader but also on the Citizens Budget Committee (CBC) in Lake Oswego.    This experience gives her the skills required to immediately be effective as a city councilor.  She has been a strong proponent of fiscal responsibility while also ensuring that Lake Oswego retains its exceptional community character.   Candidate Manz committed to the board she will be a long term resident of Lake Oswego and present after her term to be held accountable within our community.   

Matt Keenen has a unique background in policy issues and expertise in transportation issues.  He graduated from LOHS and has seen the changes in our community.    He understands the issues our community is facing and is not only a strong proponent of property rights but is also very aware of the fiscal issues facing our city.    He represents a fresh view of the younger residents of Lake Oswego with his informed background on transportation and economic development.   The board believes his policy experience, advisory board experience, long term residency in Lake Oswego, and his business experience will allow Candidate Keenen to immediately be effective on the council.  


COLA –LO was formed in 2009 and our endorsed candidates have won 71% of the open positions on the Lake Oswego council in the past two election cycles.    This represents a dramatic shift toward “good governance” within our community and is the core mission of our organization.  

 The COLA board is deeply committed to “good governance” at the local level through promoting our core values.   Contact any board member for additional information.   

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