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  • White City ballots include new mayor, council

    But if incorporation fails, community will continue without official leadership
  • Though not an actual municipality as of yet, the community of White City officially boasts more candidates on the November ballot than other local cities.
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  • Though not an actual municipality as of yet, the community of White City officially boasts more candidates on the November ballot than other local cities.
    Residents will decide Nov. 6 not only whether to incorporate, but also on who will sit on the City Council and preside as mayor from 10 candidates.
    If residents don't approve incorporation, council and mayor selections will be null and void, said resident Stan Alexander, a leader in the local movement to incorporate. But the candidates need to be in place "just in case."
    Alexander is running for one of six at-large positions, saying he wanted to help ensure things were done right.
    "Some of us have really held onto this thing the whole time and we really want to see it through," he said.
    "We'll need people on board right away to approve a city charter and get things going. I'm not going to just throw it out there and let it fall apart after how hard we've all worked."
    If incorporation is approved, Alexander said an organization that assists new cities in forming would loan necessary funds to "get everything in place."
    The candidates vying for council and mayor are: Lee DeBarry, Roger Hansen, Cindy Mohar, Daniel Phariss, Joy Reich, Curt Sather, Connie Travesi, Ron Wilson and Javier Zavala.
    A longtime resident, Reich said was eager to see the process of incorporation and creating a city take place.
    "My feeling is, if it does pass, we're going to have a lot of things we need to do and I feel like I can help with that," she said.
    "We'll have a city charter and all the legal stuff to get ready. I'm old but I'm thinking I'm pretty wise. I've lived in White City for 54 years and I've seen a lot of changes here."
    She added, "My husband and I have wanted to see White City become a city almost since we moved here. I really think it will give us more of an identity and I'd like to help make that happen."
    Buffy Pollock is a freelance writer living in Medford. Email her at buffyp76@yahoo.com.
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