MEDFORD — A CPA is the first person to file for election to Medford City Council's Ward 1.
Curt Ankerberg, 57, a community activist in city schools and politics, is expected to go head to head with Ward 1 incumbent Al Densmore, who is preparing to file for re-election, according to the city recorder's office. Densmore, 63, has served as Ward 1 councilman for the past four years and served as mayor for six years in the 1970s and 1980s.
Ward 1 is in northeast Medford.
Candidates have until Aug. 24 to file for election, said City Recorder Glenda Owens. They must collect 25 verifiable signatures in support of their candidacy.
Ankerberg said as a councilman, he would seek to halt the city's plans to build a $14 million water park. He said he also would try to stop what he characterized as chronic mismanagement of city projects, including contributing $14 million toward The Commons project. The project entails upgrading city streets and sidewalks, building a new headquarters for Lithia Motors and adding a city park.
City officials have said the project would help revitalize downtown and maintain jobs.
Densmore said the current council has an excellent working relationship, and he would like to continue that trend.
As of late Tuesday, Ward 4 incumbent Bob Strosser and Ward 2 incumbent Jill Stout had picked up paperwork to run for re-election, according to Owens.
Realtor Karen Blair also has picked up forms to run for election to Ward 2, a seat currently held by Ben Truwe, Owens said.
Truwe also said he plans to file for re-election.
City election information: http://www.ci.medford.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=91.