What if Lake Oswego was known…
For its generosity of spirit, its love for family and friends - All matching its natural, peaceful beauty.
For its fast, serious public transit, efficiently making connections regionally and within town.
For its affordable and dignified housing opportunities, meeting all needs, ages, and incomes.
For its wholehearted and grateful commitment to the preservation of old growth trees and its appreciation of the healthy gifts, trees give to us humans.
For its amazing community aquatic center - A place of fitness, fun, freedom - Joy!
Why am I running?
For the past three years as a Lake Oswego City Councilor, it has been an honor to serve this city. Here is what I know and what I have learned in the last few years:
Lake Oswego is filled with people who are exceptional in the best sense of the word. We have high educational achievement rates and rank high in income levels compared to other communities in our state. The human capital of talent in our town is of the highest caliber. Added to this is the astounding location, areas so exquisite that it takes a person's’ breath away.
However, sadly, this reality does not apply to all. To me, it seems that perhaps our priorities have been misplaced.
This is why I am excited to share with you that I am running for Mayor of Lake Oswego.
Many in our community have not been given the same opportunity as others. Despite the success of many in our city, the disparity between those who have and those who have not continues to grow. Housing costs continue to rise, while wages for many remain stagnant. We have been more concerned about the effects of increased property taxes on the homes of the very rich than the services requested by the community as a whole. Our role as a government is to provide the needed services of our community.
We need to act on the issues of housing affordability, climate change, transportation and to create a more inclusive and diverse Lake Oswego.
We must be regional leaders. I'm Theresa Kohlhoff, and I'm running to be Mayor of Lake Oswego. I was raised with the admonition that to whom much is given, much is expected. We have everything we need - energy, golden hearts, and capacity - to make Lake Oswego, our place, a healthy, prosperous city for us and for all we welcome here, especially our children, grandchildren, and friends.