White Seeks Collaboration with Schools, Safer Streets in Bid For Elk Grove City Council

Collaboration with schools, more patrol officers and small business assistance are some of the priorities for candidate James White who is r...

Collaboration with schools, more patrol officers and small business assistance are some of the priorities for candidate James White who is running for the Elk Grove City Council.

A two year Elk Grove resident, White has filed papers to run for the city’s fourth council district seat and will face Jimmie Johnson and incumbent Gary Davis in the November general election.

The 40-year old father of two said he entered the race because he wants to help build a foundation for the city between the city and the Elk Grove Unified School District. “I really want to work cooperatively with the school board,” White said.

Other priorities for White include increasing police visibility through more DUI checkpoints, putting more officers on the streets and more public outreach. “We can always use more police on the street,” he said.

As for community outreach, White cited tomorrow night’s National Night Out activity, as the type of outreach he would like to see more of. He suggested those type activities be done on a quarterly business.

Spending priorities are 'mixed up'

Although White said he thinks the current council is “doing an excellent job,” there are a number of things he would do differently - such as spending priorities. White pointed to $800,000 that he said was spent on new bus cash boxes could have been better used.

White said that money could have been used to provide Elk Grove-based small businesses with micro-loans to help them stay in afloat or provide small businesses with refunds from various fees.

“I think the money could be better spent in other places,” he said. “The priorities are all mixed up.”

A political newcomer who has not previously run for or held elected office, White said he will be self-funding his own campaign. “I am not taking money from anybody,” he added.

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