As your Lake Oswego City Councilor, I will use creativity and collaboration to maximize our public resources to positively impact our community. I will listen and learn from community members to develop smart and progressive policies for our City.

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I have been working as a victim service provider for over twenty-five years. I met Emma when she reached out to me to offer her time, resources, lived experience and skills in support of survivors of violence in our community. From day one Emma has always shown up ready to learn, prepared to work hard and consistently willing to go the extra mile.

In our discussion about policy decisions Emma is always thoughtful and seeks to understand how the policy might intentionally and unintentionally impact all members of the community. She is deliberate and open-minded in her approach. Emma was instrumental in supporting policy efforts that improved protections for victims and provided subject matter expertise to policy makers in their pursuit of positive changes in our community.

Emma is someone who leads by example, she stands in the arena with you and for you. She is not afraid to make hard decisions but does so after taking into full consideration all of the facts, opinions, influences, effects and voices. She reliably seeks to be a steady and dependable leader and community member.

If you want a leader who will listen to all points of view, bring the community together for conversation and lead with compassion and integrity Emma Burke is the clear choice.

— Melissa Erlbaum, Director Victim Services

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What people are saying about Emma…

“What I love about Emma is that she doesn’t view her role as jamming her opinion into each discussion. She takes a collaborative approach to local politics. When other candidates are asked about issues they often reply from an emotional state, whereas Emma comes fully prepared with facts, figures, research, and results from community outreach. Emma is as a mom, business owner, and activist, she is the candidate I support on the city council.”

Veronica Hanson, Business Owner & Mom

“We know Emma to be honest, authentic and well rooted in the community as a mom with kids in our local schools. She will represent an often less represented part of Lake Oswego with fresh, new ideas rooted in civility and graciousness.”

Peg and Eric Taussig

“I’ve seen Emma take an active approach to understanding issues, listening to community opinions, and researching how other jurisdictions successfully handle similar issues. Emma isn’t afraid of complex problems, hearing an individual’s view, and exploring a fair solution.”

Bret Hanson, Director on Lake Grove Fire District Board of Directors

“Emma is intelligent, progressive, and a voice of diversity.  Emma has a remarkable set of leadership, organizational, and budgetary skills for City Council forged as a single mother and sole provider, small business person, community volunteer, and student of good government. A collegial problem solver, Emma doesn’t run away from the hard decisions.”

Mike Kohlhoff, Lake Oswego resident

“Emma is the kind of smart, strong leader that Lake Oswego deserves. She shows up for her community, values diverse perspectives, and is always ready to engage in compassionate, informed problem solving.”

Courtney Neron, Oregon State Representative

“Emma Burke is a proud Progressive fighting for her community. Like me, Emma has dedicated her life to helping others and does so with a passion for improving overall health. Emma and I, both understand that we need a single payer healthcare system because no one should ever die because they can’t afford to pay for healthcare. Please join me in supporting Emma Burke for Lake Oswego City Council!”

Travis Nelson, RN, BSN, RN-BC

“Totally support Emma Burke for City Council. Known Emma and her family for  several years. She brings a mother’s and small, business owner’s perspective to our fine City. Emma is well educated and dedicated to the long-term issues and planning for Lake Oswego.”

Paul Lyons

“Emma is one of the most savvy, compassionate, generous, resourceful and intelligent people I’ve ever known. Her combined kindness and smarts is very special. We will all benefit when Emma is looking out for our best interests on the Lake Oswego City Council!”

Karly Bannister, Owner/Acupuncturist, Keahi Health

“Emma Burke’s experience offers a refreshing change for our city’s governance. She’s a charismatic, intelligent, and motived small business owner and parent of school age children who cares for our natural environment. I’m confident Emma will listen, bring the right people to the table, and make good decisions to represent us all well!”

Scott Handley

“I support Emma Burke because I believe she will support ALL people. Emma will help our community grow in the right direction and will fight for what is right.”

Ticia Symonds, President, Legal Locator Service

“Emma’s determination and desire for equity makes her a great candidate for Lake Oswego City Council. Her openness to listen to all perspectives is key to driving change in our community.”

Sara Hashemi Alles

“I’ve known Emma for over four years and I’ve watched in awe as she has been able to successfully juggle single parenting with her unwavering commitment to serving and visibilizing marginalized voices. Emma is a true steward of our community and is committed to voicing the needs of us all.”

Jacque Mular

“Emma’s dedication and commitment to the Lake Oswego community has earned her my respect and my endorsement for Lake Oswego City Council. She will move Lake Oswego forward!”

Jennifer Gregory, Owner, JenniferDESIGN

“For a couple of years now I have the lucky privilege of knowing this precious human being. It’s a very rare thing to be able to trust so quickly with anyone. She is brave and radiates a strength that I strive for. Her intelligence politically and personally is inspirational for the fact that I always learn something new when spending time with her. Emma can bring us back together again with balance, with shared differences and opinions respected.”

Colette Batman

We’re With Emma!

Emma is proudly endorsed by…

State Representative
Courtney Neron

Clackamas County Commissioner Martha Schrader

Lake Oswego City Councilor
Theresa Kohlhoff

Bret Hanson

Chris Groener

Christy Clark

Colette Batman

Connie Harrell

Eric Shi

Eric Taussig

Gary Stein

Gayle Archer

Hogan Fritz

Ian McEwen

Jacque Mular

Jennifer Gregory

Karly Bannister

Kristen Hilton

Melissa Erlbaum

Michael Wu

Mike Kohlhoff

Moses Ross

Paul Lyons

Peg Taussig

PJ Clark

Sara Hashemi Alles

Scott Handley

Ticia Symonds

Tom Archer

Travis Nelson

Columbia Pacific Building and Construction Trades Council

Columbia Pacific Building and Construction Trades Council


LiUna Local 737

Laborers Local 737


Oregon League of Conservation Voters

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee

Run for Something

Run for Something

Greater Portland NOW

Greater Portland National Organization for Women

Ironworkers Local 29

LOMEA, AFSCME Local 1546

LOMEA, AFSCME Local 1546

Oregon Working Families

Oregon Working Families Party


SMART Local 16


IBEW Local 48

Joint Council 37

Joint Council of Teamsters No. 37


NW Oregon Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Pacific Green Party

Pacific Green Party


UFCW Local 555

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